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January 26, 2023

Ex-Youth and Sport Minister Monica Iacob Ridzi gets five-year jail sentence

Ex-Minister of Youth and Sport Monica Iacob Ridzi has received a sentence of 5 years of imprisonment.

The sentence handed down by the panel of five judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in the case regarding the National Youth Day celebrations in 2009 where Ridzi was charged of abuse of power is final and irrevocable.

M. Ridzi was accused by prosecutors of awarding contracts without tendering for the organisation of the Youth Day in 2009. Ridzi had been sentenced before in the case by the panel of three judges of the High Court of Justice and Cassation (ICCJ)  in January 2014, when she was found guilty on all counts. At the time, she received four custodial sentences: five years, four years, three years and one and a half year, and was going to serve the longest.

Monica Iacob Ridzi was accused by DNA of using the financial resources of the Ministry of Youth and Sport for an image campaign serving her private interest, as well as for illegally buying electronics worth RON 100,000.

The prosecutors argued that Ridzi had illegally awarded service contracts to private companies, causing a damage of RON 2.7 M.


Monica Iacob-Ridzi the day before sentence: ‘Sacrificial altar demands the 13th minister’


The day before learning the final sentence in her case, Monica Iacob Ridzi posted a long message on her blog, which begins with the story of her grand-parents deported from the USSR, continues with the death of her father because of a medical error and ends at present: she, her husband and their child living in a modest two-bedroom apartment in Petrosani. ‘I have paid politically and personally for my naiveté of believing too much in people. I have understood the price I paid for my credulity in a much more mercantile world, with less soul’, the former sport minister states on her blog.


Husband possibly concerned in Gala Bute


The DNA prosecutors inflicted a heavy blow on the Ridzi family on the very day ex-Youth Minister Monica Iacob Ridzi was waiting for her sentence from the High Court. According to stiripesurse.ro, her husband, Tiberiu Iacob Ridzi, the Mayor of Petrosani, is reportedly concerned in the money laundering operation masterminded by Elena Udrea in the Gala Bute case. It is the first time that the DNA prosecutors are also mentioning the Petrosani Municipality headed by Tiberiu Iacob Ridzi among the institutions that ‘collaborated’ with Elena Udrea. The offences named in the DNA report were committed during the period when Tiberiu Iacob Ridzi was a member of PDL, where he was Elena Udrea’s party colleague.

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