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September 25, 2022

Florin Prunea officially charged in ‘Bribe for Referees’ case

Florin Prunea is now officially charged in the Bribe for Referees case. The bribe allegations are confirmed by a document issued by the Pitesti County National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA), confirming that Florin Prunea had received a bribe of USD 12,000 from the owner of FC Arges, in order to influence FRF Committees in several cases involving the club in Pitesti, Realitatea TV announces.

Florin Prunea should be prohibited to hold the position of international relations manager with the Romanian Football Federation due to official charges of abuse of office and bribe-taking, Realitatea TV has obtained an official paper – the ordinance issued by the prosecutor, presenting details and arguments in this case.

Florin Prunea is accused of having received from Cristian Minca, the President of the club FC Arges, USD 12,000, in order to influence the Appeal and Discipline Committees, during his mandate as FRF Manager. Penescu had been suspended and fined by both Committees and he was trying to persuade Prunea to reduce his sanctions. The DNA Prosecutor thus demands that FRF should suspend Prunea from his position throughout the trial. The request was not answered, although it was filed a month ago. Moreover, the Prosecutor’s request stipulates that Prunea should be prohibited to leave his residence locality, to carry any weapons, and must appear at the residence of the Police whenever he is demanded to.

The ordinance that established the legal pursuit against Florin Prunea has several stipulations.

Except for the preventive arrest, that may only be decided by a judge, the prosecutor may impose several restrictions to a defendant, in order to grant the efficiency of the investigation. Therefore, he may seize the defendants’ property or money, and prohibit them to leave the territory of the country or to get in touch with any of the persons charged in the same case or witnesses. Another measure that must be taken in numerous cases is the dependant’s suspension from his position until his guilt or innocence is established, to prevent him from committing other offences or to destroy the evidence, jurists say. If defendants think their rights are violated by these limitations, they might attack the ordinance issued by the prosecutor in Court.

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