Ex-ANI head released from prison

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Former head of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) Horia Georgescu will be released from jail and placed under pretrial conditional release in the file regarding illegal retrocessions granted by the National Authority for Property Restitutions (ANRP). The Supreme Court admitted on Thursday Georgescu’s appeal. The ruling is final. Ex-ANI head has been taken into custody since March 18.

Georgescu had been among the last high ranking officials still imprisoned for corruption at Bucharest Police arrest center, along District 5 mayor Marian Vanghelie.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice also admitted the appeal of former MP Theodor Nicolescu, prosecuted in the same file, but he is going to be placed under house arrest.

In ANRP case, anti-corruption prosecutors have instituted legal proceedings against eight persons on April 9, who were members of the Central Committee for Compensations within ANRP at the time when the offences were committed.

Horia Georgescu has resigned from the leadership of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) on March 17, after being detained by DNA prosecutors for abuse of office, in the file on the return of overstated properties by the ANRP Commission he had been part of.

Investigations were being conducted into abuse of office with extremely serious consequences in relation to those who were members of the Central Commission for Compensation Establishment, with the prejudice under this file amounting to EUR 75 million.

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