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March 7, 2021

Judge arrested in Iasi

The Bucharest Court of Appeal decided, yesterday, the 29 days’ preventive arrest of Judge Georgeta Buliga, from the Iasi Court of Appeal – the Civil, Custody and Family Suits Tribunal. According to the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), anti-corruption prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation in the case of Georgeta Buliga, who is charged with taking bribes and influence-peddling, after having been detained on Sunday. Based on the ordinance to initiate criminal action drafted by the prosecutors, between February and March, the defendant requested and received from co-defendant Liviu Popescu EUR 4,000, which she claimed was meant for two Iasi Court of Appeal judges, and requested, for herself, another amount which remained undefined.

According to the aforementioned source, the bribing occurred in the context in which the Iasi Court and Tribunal found Popescu’s ex-wife had had a 90 per cent contribution to the purchase of jointly acquired assets and granted her ownership over a great deal of the said assets, while, on March 12, the panel of judges including Georgeta Buliga radically altered these resolutions, issuing a ruling favourable to Liviu Popescu.

DNA mentions that, the next day, the judge Georgeta Buliga received EUR 3,000, being caught in the act by the anti-corruption prosecutors. On November 27, the Supreme Council of Magistracy – the Judges’ Section approved the initiation of the preventive arrest measure against Judge Georgeta Buliga.

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