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October 29, 2020

High Court’s Criminal Section decided, once again, Catalin Voicu’s release

The Criminal Section of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided, yesterday, the release of the senator Catalin Voicu, by a ruling that can be appealed against, Mediafax reports. The judges analyzed the legality and the grounds for the senator’s preventive arrest, that is, whether the grounds on which this measure was taken still hold. The court decided that the preventive arrest measure should be replaced with a ban on leaving the city. A similar ruling was issued by the High Court in early April, but the high court’s panel of five judges allowed, then, the anti-corruption prosecutors’ appeal.

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutor claimed, at the time, that the senator’s release was not advisable, invoking the grounds on which his preventive arrest had initially been decided, namely, the fact that the senator had tried to fabricate evidence in his defence, knowing that his phone was being tapped by the investigators.  Catalin Voicu, who has been in preventive arrest since March 30, 2010, is tried for influence-peddling and forging private signatures, in relation to acts of corruption.

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