The High Court of Cassation and Justice has decided on Monday to maintain the sentence to 4 years and 8 months in prison against former deputy Cristian Rizea. The ruling is final. During the last court hearing, Rizea’s lawyer said the former MP would be in the United States.
Also during the last hearing, anti-corruption prosecutors have asked for 7 years in prison against Rizea for corruption deeds, after he had been sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in jail in a first court.
Rizea was not present at the previous two court hearings. His defender argued the former deputy is in the US to visit his relatives, as he would have had money problems.
In December 2017, Cristian Rizea was sentenced by the Supreme Court to 4 years and 8 months in prison for influence peddling, money laundering and influencing testimonies.
The former deputy was indicted by the National Anti-corruption Directorate in March 2016 under these charges. Prosecutors claimed at that point that, during September-December 2009, “defendant Cristian Rizea, former PSD deputy, had directly pretended for himself from another defendant, businessman Lucian Coltea, who had American citizenship, the sum of EUR 300,000 under the guise of two fictitious loan contracts, in exchange for the promise, subsequently carried out, that Rizea will intervene upon two state authorities- the Administration of the State Protol Patrimony (RAPPS) and Chiajna City Hall, so that some personal interests that the businessman had with the authorities”.