Radu Maz?re, on house arrest. Ruling not final

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The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) upheld the application filed by suspended mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, to replace preventive arrest with house arrest, in the file he is accused of taking bribes of EUR 9 million.

The court’s ruling on Thursday is not final, so that it can be challenged by anti-corruption prosecutors.

The Supreme Court ruled in April that the mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, is to be taken into custody, in the file where he is accused of bribe taking, EUR 9 million from companies to support them in obtaining authorizations and for winning an auction.

Judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice admitted thus the prosecutors’ appeal against the decision that Mazare is investigated while free.

The magistrates later issued an arrest warrant for 30 days on behalf of Radu Mazare and for businessman Sorin Strutinsky. The decision is final.

Radu Mazare is also charged that during 2008-2014, with the help of Strutinsky, received from a company more than EUR 7 million for making sure that the respective company wins an auction organized by the Constanta City Hall. At the same time, between that company and city hall, a contract was concluded for the delegation of the sanitation service for a period of 25 years, with total costs estimated to RON 1,194,056,850 (EUR 335 million).

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