Nicusor Constantinescu, sentenced to 10 years in prison with execution


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Nicusor Constantinescu, former chairman of the Constanta County Council, was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison with execution. The ruling is final.

Nicusor Constantinescu was sentenced in first court to 15 years in prison, but filed on appeal. On Thursday, the judges at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) have finally decided to sentence him to 10 years in prison with execution, reports.

The former chairman of Constanţa County Council was found guilty of six offenses of abuse of office, money laundering and for setting up a criminal group.

The prosecutors have proven that he has ordered more than EUR 5 million in illegal payments to several institutions under the jurisdiction of the Constanta County Council.

This is a new final sentence with execution for Nicusor Constantinescu. He is already serving a 7-year and 4-month prison sentence following the merger of the two final sentences, one of 5-year prison sentence in the Zonal Military Center file, and the other one to 5 years in the file of illegal land retrocession (in this file, former Constanta mayor Radu Mazare was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment with execution).

He also has other sentences in first court and other files in which he is judged. Moreover, in May, the former PSD Constanta leader was sentenced by the Constanta Court to four years imprisonment with execution in the file of the acquisition of an emergency helicopter under a cross-border programme. The court’s decision is not final. On December 15, 2014, the helicopter crashed into Siutghiol Lake in Mamaia resort and the four people on board died.

The former local SocDem leader from Constanta is now sentenced for abuse of office in continued form. At the same time, the court ruled that Constantinescu must pay RON 1 million as civil damages, as the helicopter crashed.

In March 2013, defendant Nicusor Constantinescu illegally assigned to a public procurement contract to a private company to operate the med-evac helicopter. The assignment was breaking the specifications of the helicopter, which should have been used in emergency intervention operations, despite the fact that SMURD had previously submitted a bid to operate the med-evac helicopter for free, DNA said.

Constatinescu handed the helicopter to be operated by a private company, although the company had never been part of the partnerships agreement based on which the non-refundable financing had been obtained to purchase the helicopter. The former Constanta leader had practically paid illegally about RON 1 million of the county council’s public funds, representing expenses for maintenance and operation of the air vehicle.

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