High Court remands Marius Petcu in custody

Judicial sources claim anti-corruption prosecutors have frozen trade union leader’s assets.

After many hours of hearings and deliberations, Thursday night, the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided that CNSLR Fratia trade union leader Marius Petcu, charged with bribe-taking, would be remanded in custody for 29 days. All three judges sitting – Ioana Bogdan, Dorel Matei and Anca Rotaru, with the latter presiding – thought the union leader had to be sent to prison awaiting trial.

An hour after the decision of ICCJ was public, Marius Petcu was incarcerated at the Bucharest Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCP). He said he was disappointed in the court decision and that he had hoped the way the Bucharest Court of Appeal would be convincing enough so that it wouldn’t ‘come to that’. ‘I strongly believe in my justice and I hope to be re-united with my family as soon as possible’, Mediafax quotes the labour union leader as saying. He added that his lawyers had not yet established the following legal steps to be taken to have him released, but ensured that they would do everything in that respect. ‘I have done so much good all these 20 years, I didn’t expect this’, Petcu said.

Judicial sources, quoted by Mediafax, claim the DNA prosecutors had decided to distrain Petcu’s assets: about EUR 400,000 – money he allegedly took from businessman Petre Scrieciu between September 2009 and March 24, 2011, when he was caught red-handed receiving EUR 40,000, reportedly representing the instalment due in January-February. In fact, Petcu was brought to be heard in the case in which he is charged with bribery, on Friday.

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