Former Boxing Federation president, under arrest

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have detained Rudel Obreja, former president of the Romanian Boxing Federation, accusing him of intercession, the DNA has informed. Judges decided on Wednesday to arrest him for 29 days. The DNA claims that from November 2013 to January 2014 Obreja asked for EUR 1 M from a denouncer, claiming he has influence over High Court of Justice judges. “In exchange for the EUR 1 M requested he hinted that he has influence over the judges of the panel tasked with solving a case handled by the High Court of Justice, so that he would determine them to issue a ruling favoring the denouncer. The ruling concerned accepting the appeal filed by the denouncer, who was a defendant in a criminal case, as opposed to issuing a jail sentence,” the DNA communiqué shows. Obreja allegedly asked for a part of the sum, namely EUR 200,000, to be received before the ruling was made, and the difference after the favorable solution was obtained. The DNA points out that criminal prosecution is a stage of the criminal trial, regulated by the Penal Procedure Code, whose purpose is to create the framework for the administering of evidence, an activity that cannot infringe on the principle of presumption of innocence.

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