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June 18, 2021

Prosecutor sentenced to three years in jail for influence peddling

Lora Constantinescu, former first deputy prosecutor of the Buftea Court Prosecutor’s Office, was found guilty of influence peddling and sentenced by the High Court  of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ)to three years in jail, executory sentence.

The Court has also ruled that a series of rights enjoyed by the defendant will be banned for a period of five years. The ruling is final.

The High Court of Justice has thus lowered the initial punishment ruled against Lora Constantinescu. The Bucharest Court of Appeal had sentenced her to four years in jail, executory sentence, on 4 July 2014.

In its arguments, the Bucharest Court of Appeals pointed out that although she should have punished lawbreaking, the former first deputy prosecutor of the Buftea Court Prosecutor’s Office was the author of legal “backsliding”. In taking its decision, the Bucharest Court of Appeals also took into account Lora Constantinescu’s attitude during the trial – “insincere and uncooperative.” The judges pointed out that the magistrate could have refused to make any statements, however she chose to make insincere statements in order to render the act of justice difficult.

Aurelia Lora Constantinescu was sued in June 2013 by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), while at large, being charged with two counts of influence peddling.

As a result of the final sentence, Lora Constantinescu will be excluded from the body of magistrates, through a decision taken by the Superior Magistracy Council (CSM), the removal decree set to be signed by President Klaus Iohannis.


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