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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Update: Former Bucharest mayor sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in jail for corruption

Update: Police officers couldn't find Sorin Oprescu after the court's decision on Friday, May 13, so he was added to the list of fugitives wanted by the Romanian Police. According to the local media, the former Bucharest mayor left the country before the court's ruling.

Initial story: Former Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu has been sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in jail for corruption. He was charged with bribery, setting up an organized criminal group and abuse of office.

The decision of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, ruled on Friday, May 13, is final. It is also higher than the initial conviction of 5 years and 4 months ruled in May 2019.

The Court also ordered the confiscation of EUR 25,000, RON 102,400 and EUR 9,500 from Oprescu, as well as property owned by the former mayor.

According to the Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), in September 2015, former mayor Oprescu received EUR 25,000 from his subordinate Bogdan Popa, at his home in Ciolpani. The prosecutors said the money came from acts of corruption.

DNA prosecutors also accused Bogdan Popa of setting up an organized criminal group, which was led by Sorin Oprescu starting 2013.

Businessmen and people who managed several institutions subordinated to the Bucharest City Hall and were involved in the former mayor’s illegal schemes were also sent to court in the same case and now sentenced to jail. Bogdan Popa, for example, received a sentence of 11 years and 6 months, according to Hotnews.ro. Cristian Stanca, Oprescu’s former driver, got 7 years and 2 months in prison, while Mircea Octavian Constantinescu, former director of the City Hall’s Economic Department - 6 years and 10 months.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Inquam Photos/George Calin)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Update: Former Bucharest mayor sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in jail for corruption

Update: Police officers couldn't find Sorin Oprescu after the court's decision on Friday, May 13, so he was added to the list of fugitives wanted by the Romanian Police. According to the local media, the former Bucharest mayor left the country before the court's ruling.

Initial story: Former Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu has been sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in jail for corruption. He was charged with bribery, setting up an organized criminal group and abuse of office.

The decision of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, ruled on Friday, May 13, is final. It is also higher than the initial conviction of 5 years and 4 months ruled in May 2019.

The Court also ordered the confiscation of EUR 25,000, RON 102,400 and EUR 9,500 from Oprescu, as well as property owned by the former mayor.

According to the Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), in September 2015, former mayor Oprescu received EUR 25,000 from his subordinate Bogdan Popa, at his home in Ciolpani. The prosecutors said the money came from acts of corruption.

DNA prosecutors also accused Bogdan Popa of setting up an organized criminal group, which was led by Sorin Oprescu starting 2013.

Businessmen and people who managed several institutions subordinated to the Bucharest City Hall and were involved in the former mayor’s illegal schemes were also sent to court in the same case and now sentenced to jail. Bogdan Popa, for example, received a sentence of 11 years and 6 months, according to Hotnews.ro. Cristian Stanca, Oprescu’s former driver, got 7 years and 2 months in prison, while Mircea Octavian Constantinescu, former director of the City Hall’s Economic Department - 6 years and 10 months.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Inquam Photos/George Calin)

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