Ex-District 4 mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone, investigated in the case of the deadly Colectiv nightclub fire, on Saturday made new attempt to run for the District 4 city hall by filing his candidature again. He presented 5,600 signatures on behalf of the Humanist Power Party.
“He filed his candidature on Saturday with 5,600 signatures, but not as an independent but on behalf of the Humanist Power Party (PPU),” said the spokesperson of the District 4 Electoral Bureau.
The PPU decided on Thursday to endorse Piedone for the District 4 mayor seat, despite the opposition of the party co-president Maria Grapini.
The magistrates of the Bucharest Tribunal on Tuesday overruled the candidature of Cristian Popescu Piedone for the District 4 city hall. The decision is final. The court argued that Piedone had filed only 2,550 legal signatures out in the total of 5,076.
The court admitted an appeal filed by lawyer Gheorghe Piperea in the case where more survivors of the Colectiv fire have challenged Piedone’s intention to run for a new District 4 mayor term.
Several survivors and relatives of the youngsters who died in the tragic nightclub fire have challenged the Electoral Central Bureau’s decision to allow Piedone to run for the local elections. The District 4 Court has dismissed ten of the challenges on April 17th.
However, three of the survivors and famous lawyer Gheorghe Piperea appealed to the decision again, while the Bucharest Tribunal admitted on Tuesday only the appeal filed by Piperea.