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Radu Mazare's brother, ex-senator Alexandru Mazare, on vacation in Madagascar
(L) Alexandru Mazare, radu Mazare (R)

Former Constanta mayor Radu Mazare, acquitted for bribe taking

The Supreme Court has acquitted former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, and his brother, in the file where they were judged next to Avraham Morgenstern, for corruption charges related to some public tenders. The ruling is not final yet.

Mazare has been acquitted for the charge of bribe taking and has to pay a fine of RON 5,000. His brother, Alexandru Mazare, has been also acquitted for complicity to bribe taking and he also has to pay a fine of RON 5,000.

The Supreme Court also acquitted businessman Avraham Morgenstern for giving bribe.

During the last court hearing, the prosecutor asked that Radu Mazare and his brother Alexandru should be sentenced to seven years in prison, and Avraham Morgenstern to five years in jail.

Anti-corruption prosecutors accused Mazare he had taken a bribe of EUR 175,000 from Avraham Morgenstern, the representative of the company that built the social housing campus „Henri Coanda” in Constanta, in order to help him win the public tender and to further increase the value of the contract.

The former mayor Radu Mazare is fled to Madagscar, according to latest information. His lawyers submitted  a certificate to the High Court  through which Mazare had filed for asylum in Madagascar.

After the verdict of the Supreme Court, the former Social Democrat mayor told Antena 3 private broadcaster by phone that he was lucky to have a brave court panel to judge his case, which was not on the aisle of intelligence agents in Romania.

„There is no evidence in my files, only nonsense. The problem in Romania’s judiciary is to be lucky to get to a judge who is fair and not coward, who cannot be blackmailed. I’ve got lucky in this file,” he says, adding that prosecutors have been divided for each region in the country to destroy powerful political leaders.

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