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Former trade union leader sentenced to seven years in prison

Former trade union leader Marius Petcu was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday, for corruption acts, as he was found guilty of receiving almost RON 1.4 M from the manager of a company in exchange of awarding a contract for works at a centre in Snagov. The decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice is final.
The supreme court admitted with majority the appeal of prosecutors referring to the charges against the defendant, while maintaining the rest of the verdict given on 22 May 2012 by the Bucharest Court of Appeals, which had condemned Marius Petcu, former leader of CNSLR-Fratia and of the Sanitas Federation to 7 years in prison, sentence not suspended. The three judges of the panel rejected as unfounded the appeal filed by Marius Petcu. One of the magistrates had a separate opinion and wanted to admit the appeal of prosecutors, as well as that of Petcu, to cancel the sentence of 22 May 2012 and send the case for a new trial at the Bucharest Court of Appeal.
Marius Petcu was remanded between 31 March and 20 June 2011, when he was released under judicial control. The union leader was arrested on 24 March 2011, when he was caught taking EUR 40,000 as bribe from Petre Scrieciu, which represented part of the money he asked for awarding to the company controlled by the entrepreneur the repair contract at a center in Snagov.
On 21 April 2011, the National Anticorruption Directorate formally charged Marius Petcu with bribe taking in continued form.
Prosecutors established that, between September 2009 – March 2011, as president of the Sanitas Federation, Petcu received from Petre Scrieciu various sums up to the total RON 1,398,400, in exchange of awarding to his company a contract for construction works. The money was received in monthly instalments of RON 87,400, a tranche representing about 20 pc of the value of each invoice paid within the contract for the construction of the ‘Snagov Center of education, improvement and recreation.”

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