Traian Basescu’s nephew, final ruling: three years imprisonment

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Dragos Basescu (photo 1), the nephew of former Romanian President Traian Basescu (photo 2), was sentenced on Monday by the magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeals to three years in prison, executory sentence, for influence peddling, the ruling is final.TRAIAN BASESCU - DECLARATII - SEDIU DE CAMPANIE

The magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeals have augmented the two-year and six-month imprisonment sentence with execution for influence peddling received in January 2017, in first court, by Dragos Basescu, to three years in prison.

The decision of the Bucharest Court of Appeals is final.

At the end of October 2015, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) started the prosecution against the nephew of former President Traian Basescu for influence peddling, accused of requesting EUR 1 million from a businessman, promising him to intervene at the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) for the favourable settlement of his file.

According to the indictment, on March 13, 2014, Dragoş Băsescu, together with Nistor Ciprian, requested a businessman (the denouncer in the file) EUR 500,000 for a decision to reject the proposal for arrest in a complaint filed by DIICOT in the latter’s file. He also requested EUR 500,000 to get a favourable solution in the file, as well as for lifting the seizure applied to the denouncer’s property.

Defendant Dragoş Băsescu proposed him, as a solution, to conclude a fictitious consultancy contract through which he would pay the claimed amount of EUR 1,000,000, in tranches, for a period of up to two years, depending on the development of the file, the indictment reads.

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