Bucharest Police deputy chief on remand for influence peddling after taking over EUR 10,000 bribe

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The deputy chief of Bucharest Police, Roberto Ababei has been placed under remand by the National Anti-corruption Directorate on Wednesday, being charged with taking EUR 13,000 bribe in two tranches and foodstuff from the owners of a private company that had been undergone some checking. The police head would have promised the company to intercede with the Economic Police department in its favour, judicial sources revealed to local media.

According to these sources, Roberto Ababei would have received about EUR 10,000 somewhere during July 14 and August 6 from the two administrators of the company. Prosecutors are suspecting him of influence peddling.

He has been deputy head of Bucharest Police since February 2013, while he has previously run the District 2 Police since 2010.

Ababei also worked at the department investigating economic crimes within the Bucharest Police. According to his wealth statement, he doesn’t own any houses, lands or other valuable properties. He has an Audi A6 car since 2009 and three bank loans.

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