Sebastian Ghita gets away from fourth arrest warrant

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The Supreme Court has overruled on Monday the anti-corruption prosecutors’ proposal to issue a preventive arrest warrant against businessman Sebastian Ghita in the file where he is charged with giving a house to former Ploiesti mayor Iulian Badescu in exchange for financing the local basketball team Asesoft Ploiesti. The ruling is not final yet, and can be challenged in court in the upcoming two days.

This is would be the fourth arrest warrant against him, with another previous three on his name.

The former Social Democrat deputy is prosecuted in this file for bribery, instigation to abuse of office having as consequence obtaining an undue benefit and for money laundering.

Prosecutors say that Sebastian Ghita would have bribed the former Ploiesti mayor, by giving him a house so that Iulian Badescu should finance a sports association supported by Ghita. The two signed a dummy contract in order to hide the house’s origin.

The Supreme Court has issued the third arrest warrant against Ghita last week in the Ponta-Blair file, where the tycoon is charged with instigation to money laundering. The decision was taken after the former deputy had been heard by video conference from Belgrade, where he is under judicial control.

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