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September 29, 2022

CCR judge reportedly got post as favour from Basescu

A Constitutional Court (CCR) judge, Petre Lazaroiu, reportedly cleared Traian Basescu of the obligation of returning to the Bucharest City Hall about EUR 1.1 M in 2003 and in exchange got a 11-year term at the Court, daily ‘Jurnalul National’ reported yesterday. The newspaper, quoting information provided by the website luju.ro, said Basescu, while General Mayor of the capital, paid various amounts to a company close to the City Hall, for building the Basarab Overpass. Basescu was not allowed to make such payments, so the general financial prosecutor of the Court of Accounts, Anastasiu Crisu, took the case to court. The case was tried by Lazaroiu, who rejected the prosecutor’s action in 2003. An appeal tabled by Crisu was also rejected as ungrounded in 2005, after Basescu had become president.

According to the publication, Lazaroiu was ‘rewarded’ by the head of state in 2008, when he was named judge at the CCR to replace the late Petre Ninosu. Lazaroiu served the remaining two years of Ninosu’s term and last year was appointed for a new, nine-year term.

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