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Former Constanta mayor, Radu Mazare, sentenced to 6 years and 6 months imprisonment, ruling not final

Former Constanta mayor, Radu Mazare, currently residing in Madagascar after fleeing Romania, was sentenced on Wednesday to 6 years and 6 months imprisonment for abuse of office, in a file related to sales of plots of land in Mamaia resort for under evaluated prices.

The ruling of Constanta Court is not final.

In the same file, Constanta Court decided to sentence businesswoman Sorina Gina Hortolomei-Moscu to 2 years and 6 months, suspended sentence, ‘Ziua de Constanta’ informs.

Prosecutors accused Radu Mazare “of failing to fulfil job responsibilities” when he sold, in 2004, a land of 15,465.91 square meters located in Mamaia resort, “at the ridiculously low price of EUR 23.56/square metre”, causing the public administration a loss of EUR 1.1 million. Also in 2007, DNA informs, he allegedly sold two plots of land with surfaces of 11.890 sq m and 502.81 sq m for “a modest price” and caused damages to Constanta City Hall amounting to almost EUR 3 million. In this file, the prosecutors have ordered the seizure of the lands.

Radu Mazare was also charged that during 2008-2014, with the help of businessman Sorin Strutinsky, received from a company more than EUR 7 million for making sure that the respective company wins an auction organized by the Constanta City Hall. At the same time, between that company and city hall, a contract was concluded for the delegation of the sanitation service for a period of 25 years, with total costs estimated to RON 1,194,056,850 (EUR 335 million).

Last week, the lawyers of former Constanta mayor, Radu Mazare, filed, to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) the certificate of political asylum seeker in Madagascar on their client’s name, document said to be valid for one year. The court has set a new term on June 7.

Radu Mazare is judged, together with his brother, Alexandru Mazare, and businessman Avraham Morgenstern in a file in which he is charged of taking EUR 175,000 bribe from Morgenstern, the representative of a company building the ‘Henri Coanda’ real estate campus, in order to support him win the auction and to subsequently increase the value of the contract. Senator Alexandru Mazare is investigated in the file for bribe taking, after allegedly receiving money to favour the same company.

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