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June 26, 2022

Oprescu: Giulesti Maternity Hospital asset freeze would block activity

Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu stated on Saturday that, if the assets of the Giulesti Maternity Hospital are placed under sequestration, this would block the activity of the unit. Oprescu voiced hope that the court would reach a “balanced” decision, arguing that sequestration would be excessive, but that, “in the end, it’s up to the judges.” According to Oprescu, there are no hospital assets in the absence of which activity may continue undisturbed. The mayor’s statements come in response to a statement made by Chief Prosecutor Marius Iacob, the coordinator of the investigation in the Giulesti Maternity Hospital fire, arguing that prosecutors are considering precautionary measures related to the hospital assets, which would not affect the operation of the hospital. Prosecutors of the High Court initiated criminal prosecution against the Giulesti Maternity-“Panait Sarbu” Hospital, and sanctions may go as far as dissolving the healthcare unit.

As far as the investigation is concerned, on Saturday, the head of the hospital’s Technical Department, Vasile Dima, was released from the Criminal Investigation Department (DCP) prison, after a Sector 6 Court rejected the prosecutors’ request for preventive arrest, as unwarranted.

The Sector 6 Court ruled, on Friday evening, that Dima – who is severely ill – may be investigated out of custody in this case. The court decided that Dima should be released, after the 24 hours’ detainment order expires. Prosecutors of the High Court contested the decision of Dima’s release, which is to be tried at the Bucharest City Court. Dima is charged with negligence in performing one’s duties, resulting in severe consequences.

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