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Penescu group released

Cornel Penescu, FC Arges financier, Liviu Facaleata, former director of PIC Pitesti, and Gheorghe Constantin, former head of the Central Commission of Referees, were released on Friday evening after nine months in prison. The decision to release them was taken by the Ploiesti Court of Appeals.


The magistrates decided to replace the preventive arrest measure with an interdiction to leave the country, Antena 3 informs. While leaving the prison Cornel Penescu did not want to make too many statements, nevertheless stating that the time he spent in prison was a very difficult one. ‘Justice has been served today,’ Penescu added. In his turn, Gheorghe Constantin stated that the court should be allowed to do its job and that the decision to free them represents progress for the Justice system. ‘It was very, very tough,’ Constantin said, adding that he is reluctant to make statements because they could be misinterpreted.


Penescu’s lawyer claims that the three defendants were abusively kept in jail. Cornel Penescu’s family was happy with the court’s decision and waited him outside the jail.


According to the charges on file, from 2006 to April 2009 defendants Penescu Gheorghe Cornel, Facaleata Liviu Ilie, Minca Cristian, Pieca Gheorghita and Gheorghe Constantin created an organized crime group that coordinated its actions in order to commit several serious crimes of corruption through which it sought to obtain financial or material benefits.

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