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DNA asks 15 years in prison for ex-Constanta mayor Radu Mazare

Anti-corruption prosecutors have asked at the Supreme Court on Monday that former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, should be sentenced to 15 years in prison in a case related to illegal land repossessions on the beach area in Mamaia resort, Constanta county.

The prosecutors explained that the deeds in Mazare’s case are subject to a period of limitations of four years, meaning in July 2023.

Judge Ionut Matei has announced he would postpone a ruling in this file, which is judging the appeal. Mazare has been initially sentenced to 4 years on probation in this case in July 2017.

In the same file, Nicusor Constantinescu, former president of Constanta County Council has been sentenced to three years in probation. Cristian Borcea, former financier of Dinamo football club has been acquitted.

Anti-corruption prosecutors claim that, during November 2002-July 2005, the former mayor and president of the county council in Constanta signed papers through large plots of land had been illegally given to certain people who were not entitled to. Therefore, the state public domain lost large plots of land, worth EUR 114 million.

The 37 defendants in this case were accused of causing a damage of EUR 77.7 M to the state and EUR 36.16 M to the city of Constanta. Cristian Borcea was accused he would have prejudiced the state and Constant city with about EUR 28 million.

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