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May 15, 2021

ECHR offers Catalin Voicu EUR 4,500 in compensations for inadequate detention conditions

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the Romanian state must grant former PSD senator Catalin Voicu EUR 4,500 in compensations for failure to provide adequate detention conditions, Mediafax reports. The former senator filed a complaint with ECHR about the conditions he was subject to during his arrest, namely overcrowding and health regulation violations, as well as the lack of appropriate lighting or heat in the van with which he was transported from the detention center to the prosecutor’s headquarters, the court release notes. Voicu also invoked the violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to privacy), arguing that the authorities released information pertaining to his case file, particularly the wiretaps from investigations on him and other suspects in the case, to the press. The decision made Tuesday by one of the lower chambers of ECHR is not final and can be challenged by either party in the Higher Chamber within three months. Catalin Voicu was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in April 2013 for corruption. He was found guilty of receiving bribe from businesspeople Costel Casuneanu and Marius Locic in exchange for influencing magistrates and law enforcement officers to attain favourable court sentences in case files in which the two men were implicated.

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