Radu Mazare to be extradited from Madagascar on May 20

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The former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, will be extradited from Madagascar and be brought under Police escort to Romania, on May 20, Romanian media report.

“Following the information from the Madagascar Republic authorities, on May 14, regarding the admission of extradition of the person under international warrant Radu Stefan Mazare, the Romanian Police immediately started the formalities to bring him to the country. An escort has been established, made up by Romanian policemen, to travel to Madagascar to take over the person under warrant, with the return to Romania on May 20, 2019,” the press office of the Police General Inspectorate (IGPR) informs on Wednesday.

Sources say the former Constanta mayor will land on Otopeni Airport (Henri Coanda).

Interim Justice Minister Ana Birchall announced on Tuesday that the Madagascar authorities have admitted to the extradition request for Radu Mazare.

Former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, was remanded by the authorities in Madagascar last Wednesday. he is sentenced to 9 years in prison in the file regarding the retrocession of beaches.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) sentenced Radu Mazare to 9 years in prison on February 8, 2019. The ruling is final. In the same file, businessman Cristian Borcea was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Mazare is charged, together with other public servants, of illegal awarding of land (beaches and cliffs in Constanta), with damages estimated by DNA at EUR 114 million. The court ruling came after 9 years of lawsuit and 8 successive postponements.

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