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March 3, 2021

Constanta mayor cleared in Nazi uniform case

The Constanta Court of Appeals Prosecutor’s Office decided not to pursue a criminal probe against Social Democrat Mayor Radu Mazare for having worn a Nazi uniform during a fashion event last year, daily ‘Puterea’ reports. This is the second time the case against Mazare is closed with the same solution, with prosecutors arguing that the mayor did not intend to cause any harm by wearing the uniform, being only a gesture for “cultural purposes.” Prosecutors said evidence in the case did not denote any offence, but rather “extravagance and showing off” on behalf of the mayor, according to the newspaper. Mazare and his son both wore Nazi uniforms in a Mamaia fashion event in July 2009, sparking public outrage and a tough response from the media and Jewish organisations. During his hearing by prosecutors, Mazare said that his action was not meant to “propagate Nazi ideas or to scorn and bring harm to Holocaust victims, the Jewish population or the Jewish state.” The mayor however apologised publicly and in writing to Israel, Jewish organisations.

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