The mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, will be investigated at liberty in the file in which he is accused of taking bribes amounting to EUR 9 million from companies that obtained his support in getting authorizations and winning auctions, along with businessman Sorin Strutinsky, the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) has ruled. ICCJ has rejected on Wednesday the DNA prosecutors request for Radu Mazare and Sorin Strutinsky’s arrest. The decision is not final and may be appealed to the same court.
While leaving the Bucharest Police arrest center, Mazare unveiled to journalists that he is tired of being under the arrest threat and that he intendes to quit the Social Democrat Party and to give up his mayor seat.
Constanta mayor Radu Mazare was arrested on Monday evening by the anti-corruption prosecutors in a file opened after the mayor was reported to the DNA by the National Integrity Agency (ANI).
According to investigators, during 2006-2009 Radu Mazare, with the help of Strutinsky, requested and received about EUR 2 million from the representatives of the two companies in order to facilitate the issuing of the needed documents for the building of malls in Constanta.
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).
On the other hand, the ICCJ has ruled that the former ANI head Horia Georgescu is to be placed under arrest for 30 days, in the file he is accused, along with other former members of the Compensation Committee of ANRP, of overrated compensations for property by approximately EUR 75 million.
The court ruled the arrest of Horia Georgescu and Remus’s Mihnea-Iuoras, Ingrid Popa Mocanu and Constantin Catalin Canangiu alongside with the evaluators – Gheorghe Vi?oiu and Alexandru-Florin Hanu.
The head of the National Integrity Agency (ANI), Horia Georgescu, was brought by warrant on Monday morning to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to be heard by prosecutors in connection with the National Property Retrocession Agency (ANRP). He was later on placed under preventive arrest.