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September 17, 2019

Two people put on trial over Joseni deputy mayor murder

Prosecutors with the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice <Romania’s Supreme Court> have concluded the criminal proceedings in the case file involving the killing of Csala Zsolt, the deputy mayor of Joseni, resulting in two persons being brought to trial. They are Robert Lorincz, charged with aggravated murder and non-compliance with the regime of arms and ammunitions, and Jozsef Meszaros, for complicity to the two offences.

Csala Zsolt was found dead, April 22, at his holiday cottage in the commune of Joseni, Harghita County, with multiple gunshot wounds in his abdomen, legs and backside.

According to prosecutors’ indictment, Lorincz said he had killed the mayor in revenge for having sexually molested him nearly three years ago, taking advantage of his “loss of conscience” induced by alcohol ingestion. Lorincz also said that, in 2010, Deputy Mayor Csala Zsolt, in complicity with clerks at the town halls of Joseni and Gheorghieni, allegedly “dispossessed” him of a tract of land he owned. The case file was submitted to the Harghita Tribunal.

Investigations into the case were conducted by prosecutors, along with officers with the Criminal Investigations Department if the Romanian Police General Inspectorate, with technical and intelligence support from the Romanian Intelligence Service.

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