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March 4, 2021

DNA: Definitive sentences last year, up 150 pc

The number of definitive sentences last year rose 150 pc from 2011, to 743, of which eight handed down to state officials, according to the summing-up report of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) made public on Thursday, which points out that eight of those sentenced were state dignitaries, as follows: a minister, a deputy (secretary at the time of his committing the deed), senator (an Army Ground Forces chief of staff ), a state secretary and a director with the  National Company of Lignite Oltenia (CNLO), an agriculture deputy general secretary, two intelligence service deputy directors in rank of state undersecretary and a deputy prefect. According to DNA, 2012 saw a high upholding rate, 90 per cent, of the definitive sentences passed during the year. Also, according to the DNA report, the courts acquitted 102 defendants of the charges, 88 of whom exonerated of the charges on grounds other than dis-incrimination or lack of social menace. Of the 863 definitively sentenced people last year, 775 were proved guilty, or nearly 90 per cent (360 put on trial, 323 of whom proved guilty, accounting for 90 pc in 2011). Also at the summing-up meeting, DNA Interim Chief Prosecutor Laura Oprean said that the grounds for the parole application filed by former premier Adrian Nastase and the whole file would be sent to the Bucharest Tribunal in the next couple of days. Oprean also said that investigators are looking into the underworld boss Sile Camataru release file, where he is neither charged nor is he a defendant, as the inquiry is still in early stage.

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