Ex-senator Dan Sova’s corruption case retried from scratch

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The Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice has ruled on Monday that the corruption file of former PSD senator Dan Sova should be to the first court for retrial meaning the file is resumed from scratch.

Sova had been sentenced to three years in prison in the CET Govora file, but the sentence was cancelled following Sova’s appeal against the decision of the 5-judge panel to the same court. This was actually the first trial where the Supreme Court uphold the appeal after the wave of releases from prison in December 2018.

Dan Sova was also released from jail in December 2018 after the Constitutional Court had ruled that the 5-judge panels had been unlawfully set up.

The retrial in this case will start at the Bucharest Court of Appeal, considering Dan Sova is no longer a senator, but simple lawyer.

The anti-corruption prosecutor has also asked for CET Govor file to be sent back to the first court.

Sova was sentenced to 3 years in prison in the CET Govora file in June 2018, although DNA had asked for 9 years in jail. He was accused of bribe taking EUR 100,000 for concluding several contracts between CET Govora and a law firm.

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