Rudel Obreja sued for intercession

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have sued former Romanian Boxing Federation President Rudel Obreja, who is under house arrest, charging him with intercession. The case will be handled by the Bucharest Court, the DNA pointed out in a press release on Tuesday.
“According to the prosecutor’s case, from September 2013 to January 2014 Rudel Obreja directly asked from the denouncer the sum of EUR 1 M, hinting that he can influence Supreme Court judges into giving a favorable sentence for that person,” the DNA communique reads. It has to be pointed out that Rudel Obreja stated on February 13, according to, that the denouncer is businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu and the case allegedly seeks to “frame” him.
“In order to give credence to his promises, Obreja Rudel claimed that the persons he could influence told the denouncer, through an intermediary, that he will certainly obtain a favorable ruling if he asks for the case to be delayed until after the “new codes” comes into force (the new Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code came into force on February 1, 2014),” the DNA communiqué reads.
On January 24 Sorin Ovidiu Vintu was sentenced by the Supreme Court to two years in jail, executory sentence, in the case concerning the abetting of Nicolae Popa, who had been sentenced in 2006 for the collapse of the National Investment Fund (FNI). The appeal filed by Vintu was handled prior to February 1, 2014, and was rejected, so that the executory sentence remained final.
DNA points out that this stage of the criminal case represents, in line with the Criminal Procedure Code, the finalisation of the criminal investigation and the sending of the case to court for trial, a situation that cannot infringe on the presumption of innocence principle.

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