Former Professional Football League president, Dumitru Dragomir, acquitted by the Bucharest Court of Appeals

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Former president of the Professional Football League (LPF), Dumitru Dragomir, was acquitted by the Bucharest Court of Appeals on Tuesday, in a file in which he had been sentenced to 7 years in prison with execution. The ruling is final.

The court dismissed the civil action filed by civil parties the Professional Football League and ANAF against Dumitru Dragomir and other defendants as unfounded and decided to lift the seizure.

The former head of the Professional Football League was charged with money laundering and tax evasion, with damages to the LPF patrimony.

In the first court, he was sentenced to 7 years of execution, but claimed he was innocent in the file of television broadcasting rights for 2011-2014.

“During April 2009-May 2011, defendant Dumitru Dragomir, as chairman of the Professional Football League, asked for the amount of EUR 3.5 million (of which he received EUR 3.1 million) from suspect Bendei Ioan, administrator of a cable TV company, aiming to complete or not to complete his official workload and to complete deeds contrary to these. The money was claimed and received by Dumitru Dragomir within the context of a cession contract for TV broadcasting rights of Liga 1 football matches, concluded on April 8, 2008 between LPF and the consortium made up by two companies, among which the company managed by suspect Bendei Ion,” the DNA indictment read in May 2017.

The money allegedly was subsequently concealed in the form of payments made under a joint venture agreement concluded between a firm reportedly owned by Dumitru Dragomir and the cable television company.

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