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Dumitru Sechelariu remains free pending probe

Dumitru Sechelariu will be out of custody pending an investigation into his attempt to bribe several judges, as a Bucharest City Court panel yesterday rejected prosecutors’ appeal to a previous similar decision by another court. National Anticorruption Division (DNA) prosecutors demanded that Sechelariu, ex mayor of Bacau, current shareholder and technical adviser with SC Transport Public SA Bacau, be remanded. Sechelariu is charged with influence peddling. The first court decided that anticorruption prosecutors did not submit enough evidence or serious motives for Sechelariu’s detention, without making any reference to his health condition. The decision was challenged by DNA prosecutors with the Bucharest City Court.A DNA representative also accused the former mayor of destroying the recording devices worn by Iuliean Sutu, charged with corruption in the same case. Prosecutors charge that Sechelariu “damaged material evidence,” namely the video recording device, since the audio recording is still available. In a February 18 conversation, Sutu and Sechelariu allegedly discussed the fact that RON 10 M were missing from the amount of money received by Sutu from the former mayor through a defendant called “Nelutu.” Sutu changed his statement in the presence of the lawyer recommended by Sechelariu, saying that the amount of money remitted to the informer represented a loan.

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