Fenechiu transferred to prison arrest at Iasi High Security Penitentiary


Former Minister of Transport Relu Fenechiu (PNL), who was given on Thursday a final 5-year prison sentence in connection to the ‘Transformer” case, was transferred from the Iasi County Police to prison arrest at the High Security Penitentiary in Iasi, Mediafax reports. “We received the execution copy of the warrant and Relu Fenechiu was moved to the penitentiary. No problem has been encountered,” spokesman of the Iasi County Police Alexandru Chelary stated yesterday. According to the representatives of the penitentiary, Relu Fenechiu, his brother and Bogdan Damian will be under an isolation regime for 21 days. “Within maximum 30 days after the issuing of the sentence (January 30 – editor’s note), a commission will convene in Bucharest to decide the execution regime to which he belongs. Depending on this regime, Relu Fenechiu will be jailed or not at the Iasi Penitentiary,” said Gabriela Topoliceanu, spokesperson of the Iasi High Security Penitentiary. Relu Fenechiu, sentenced to five years in prison in the ‘Transformer’ file, turned himself in to the Iasi County Police late on Thursday, being imprisoned together with his Lucian Fenechiu, and Mihai Bogdan Damian. The Liberal deputy was sued by the prosecutors of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) in June 2012, in connection with a case known as the ‘Transformer,’ being charged for allegedly selling, via his firm, used transformers and switches for the same price as new products to SISEE Moldova, in collaboration with members of the former management. Relu Fenechiu, aged 48, has been the chairman of PNL Iasi since 2004, since 2008 he has hold the position of PNL vice chairman at central level, and after the court’s ruling he resigned from PNL. Moreover, Fenechiu has been minister of transport for seven months until July 2013, when he stepped down from his position following the lower court’s decision to impose a prison sentence on him.

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