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September 30, 2022

Bucharest Police chief Mihai Pruteanu, discharged from office

The chief of Bucharest Police, Mihai Pruteanu was discharged from office, at his demand, by the minister of Interior, after Adrian Botez, sentenced for attempting to murder Puiu Mironescu, was released from arrest, although the court had ruled that he should spend 10 years in prison. Following verifications ordered by the chief of Romanian Police, Petre Toba, after Botez was released Mihai Pruteanu received a formal warning.
Pruteanu however demanded to be discharged from office, a request that was approved Wednesday by the minister of Interior, deputy PM Gabriel Oprea.
The Romanian Police informs that Mihai Pruteanu was subsequently appointed, by order of Toba, as deputy director of the Public Order Department of the Romanian Police.
Pruteanu was chief of Bucharest Police since 15 May 2013. Previously, he was the chief of Olt Police. After the same verifications, a preliminary probe was ordered against three leading officers, the deputy general director general which coordinates the Independent Service of Preventive Detention and Arrest (SIRAP), Nelu Lupu, the director of SIRAP, Monel Tugmeanu, and the deputy director of SIRAP, Marian Dragomir, as well as a coordinating officer of Center of Preventive Detention and Arrest Center No. 1 and two policemen, including one with a leading function, respectively chief of shift at Center of Preventive Detention and Arrest Center (CRAP) No. 1.
A report containing the result of verifications was sent to the Sector 4 Tribunal, in support of the investigation conducted in the criminal file opened in this case, the Romanian Police adds.
In the night of 30 June to 1 July, at the arrest of Bucharest Police came a minute from the High Court of Cassation and Justice showing that Adrian Marin Botez was definitively condemned to 10 years of prison.
The employees of the arrest misinterpreted the document sent by the court and thought that Botez should be released, so they set him free.
Bucharest police searched Botez to send him back to prison, but did not succeed until now.

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