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Main suspect in the assassination of Joseni deputy mayor was apprehended

Prosecutors will ask the Harghita Tribunal to place him under preventive arrest. The murder weapon was found: a hunting rifle illegally owned by the suspect.

The suspect in the assassination of the Joseni deputy mayor Csala Zolt, who was found shot dead in his holiday cottage last April, has been apprehended Saturday and charged with murder and nonobservance of the weapons regime.

Prosecutors will ask the Harghita Tribunal to place the man under preventive arrest. The suspect – a man aged 31 who was an acquaintance of the mayor – risks going to prison from 15 to 25 years if found guilty. “According to his confession, there were two reasons for the murder: one that pertains to sex and the other to patrimony,” said prosecutor Marius Iacob, quoted by Mediafax.

According to informal sources, the suspect apparently knew the victim for some time and, one year ago, had a verbal argument with the deputy mayor on a corridor of the Joseni Town Hall, over a plot of land. The inhabitants of Joseni knew them as friends, but nobody could imagine they were more than that: lovers. Prosecutors say that, in fact, this was the main reason of the murder, with the land only as subsidiary. The two men were seen quarrelling at the Town Hall, earlier this year, over the plot of land.

After he was apprehended, the suspect helped prosecutors reconstruct the murder. Another step forward in the investigation was made Saturday, when prosecutors found the weapon used to commit the crime in the holiday cottage of the suspect: a hunting rifle which the suspect possessed without license.

The case is jointly investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court of Cassation and Justice, and by Police. The Supreme Court took over the investigation at the end of April this year. Deputy mayor Csala Zolt (42) was married, with two children.

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