The case of the illegal restitutions of Constanta beaches: Radu Mazare, sentenced to 4 years of suspended prison, Nicusor Constantinescu – 3 years of suspended prison, Cristian Borcea was acquitted

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The former Constanta Mayor, Radu Mazare, was sentenced on Monday by the magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeal to four years of suspended prison, while the former President of the Constanta County Council, Nicusor Constantinescu, received three years of suspended prison, in the case of the illegal restitutions of Constanta beaches, a trial which started nine years ago. The businessman Cristian Borcea, a former Dinamo club shareholder, also tried in this case, was acquitted.

The magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled the decision in this case on Monday, after eight deferrals.

Thus, the former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, was sentenced to four years of suspended prison, while the former President of the Constanta County Council, Nicusor Constantinescu, was sentenced to three years of suspended prison.

The former head of the Constanta Public Administration Directorate, Constantin Racu, was also sentenced to three years of suspended prison, the same sentence being given for another defendant in the case, Dragos Savulescu, a former Dinamo Bucuresti football team shareholder.

The former head of the Patrimony Department of the Constanta City Hall, Ramona Dospinescu, the former head of the Technic – Investments Department, Ion Marica, the former legal adviser Cristian Talpau and Nora Chirca, also legal adviser, were sentenced to three years of suspended prison, too. Georgica Giurgiucanu, a former PSD Constanta leader and a partner of Borcea and Savulescu in a trade company, was also sentenced to three years of suspended prison.

Businessman Cristian Borcea, a former Dinamo club shareholder, was acquitted in this case.

The magistrates decided also to acquit Aurel Jean Andrei, who is Notary Public and the husband of the President of the Bucharest Court, Laura Andrei, as well as Bogdan Ghitulescu, legal adviser, and Dan Miron, a former local counselor.

However, the magistrates decided to acquit 26 defendants in this case – current or former employees of the Constanta City Hall and of the Constanta County Council, as well as notaries, including: Mircea Rasvan Tudorache, Paraschiva Barbu, Alexandru Serban Octavian, Niculae Nejloveanu, Sergiu Mihai Ceacireanu, Gabriel Bogdan Sandu, Daniel Ene, Cristina Budei, Viorel Pana, Mihai Camboianu, Gheorghe Valentin Ionescu, Ruxandra Darie, Carmen Puscasi, Andrei Sozanschi, Gratiela Rusu, Radu Gabriela, Claudia Cealera,Luminita Calatoru, Alin Horatiu Dima and Silvia Stanciu.

The magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeal didn’t order civil compensations in this case, although the damage amounts EUR 114 million, according to DNA.

On April 7, the court closed the debates in the case of the restitutions of the Constanta beaches, pending since almost nine years at the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

At the last hearing, Radu Mazare said that he hopes that the “Media exposure” and the “public pressure caused by this marathon” will not affect the magistrates’ decision.

Radu Mazare’s lawyers requested for his acquittal, arguing that the restitutions were made based on the vote given by the representatives of the Constanta County Council, and the Prefecture had no objections following the vote.

The DNA prosecutors asked the court to order maximum sentences related to the committed deeds, for Radu Mazare, for the former President of the Constanta County Council, Nicusor Constantinescu, and for Cristian Borcea, while for other defendants, they asked the court to find that the criminal trial is closed on the ground that the deeds have become subject of time limitation, given that this case is pending since almost nine years.

The former mayor Radu Mazare was sent to court by DNA on October 28, 2008, together with 36 people, including former and current public servants from Constanta City Hall and the Cadastre Office, proxies and public notaries, in the case related to the illegal assignment of large areas of urban land in the Constanta municipality, in Mamaia, beach and seafront. The damage in this case was estimated by DNA to approx. EUR 114 million, of which EUR 77.77 million are the damage to the detriment of the state, and EUR 36.16 million are the damage to the detriment of the Constanta municipality.