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April 20, 2021

Prosecutor sentenced to 3 years in jail

Former prosecutor Ioan Ciofu from the Supreme Court’s Prosecutor’s Office, charged with receiving bribe in order to have Adrian Porumboiu indicted for economic felonies, has been sentenced to three years in jail by a five-judge panel from the High Court of Justice (ICCJ). The ruling is final. The ICCJ also decided to sentence Maricica Iovita, who gave the prosecutor the EUR 10,000 bribe, to two years in jail. Basically the ICCJ has thus upheld the ruling issued on March 28, 2012, by a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court. The ruling issued on Monday is final. According to National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, from May to August 2006, Ioan Ciofu, who was ICCJ prosecutor (where he had returned after he had been recalled from the DNA, subsequently asking to be transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Iasi Court of Appeals – editor’s note), asked for and received a total of approximately EUR 10,000 from Maricica Iovita, in the form of money (EUR 5,500 and RON 4,000) and plane tickets for his relatives who traveled throughout Europe and Asia. In exchange, Ioan Ciofu took the commitment to handle a case in a biased manner in order for businessman Adrian Porumboiu to be indicted for felonies of an economic nature and the case to be subsequently declined at the DNA. Both Ciofu and Iovita claimed innocence, the magistrate even stating that this was a frame-up.

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