Investigators state the man may have been the victim of a settlement of old scores.
Bucharest Police spokesperson Diana Sarca stated that the man’s charred body was found in the courtyard of the ‘Industrial Electronics’ School. Police was called around 3 or 4 AM after people heard a loud explosion. People living in a neighboring block of flats put out the fire with the help of the school’s security guard. On the other hand, a woman who lives in a block of flats near the school states she did not hear any explosion. The woman added that one of the school’s walls was damaged during construction works in the area and anyone can enter the courtyard through there. She pointed out that homeless people sometimes enter the construction site at night in order to steal scrap iron. The woman underlined that the area is very quiet, this being the first incident there.
Marian Banu, spokesperson of the Bucharest School Inspectorate, confirmed that the ‘Industrial Electronics’ School has a security guard.
Prosecutor Bogdan Staicu stated that some clues point to the fact that the man was alive when he was set on fire, pointing out that investigations are ongoing. He added that the autopsy and forensics investigation will establish the cause of death and the victim’s identity. “There are clues that point to the fact that the victim was alive when he was set alight,” the prosecutor added, underlining that he cannot state whether the victim had been tied or not.
According to judicial sources quoted by Mediafax, the man may have been the victim of a settlement of old scores. The man was allegedly tied up when he was set on fire. The manner in which he was killed is characteristic of mafia practices, however investigators cannot comment before they analyze all evidence.