The Mayor of Ploiesti, Iulian Badescu, currently on remand awaiting trial in a bribery and abuse of office case, resigned his office on Tuesday. The information has been also confirmed by one of his lawyers, William Brinza, according to Mediafax. ‘We discussed both technical matters and procedural issues. As an element of novelty, I can tell you that, today, Ploiesti lost its mayor. Mayor Badescu has resigned office’, Brinza said at Ploiesti Court of Appeal who, on Tuesday, heard the mayor’s appeal against the arrest decision handed down by the Prahova Tribunal.
The mayor of Ploiesti was arrested after being detained by DNA in the Yellow Wolves case regarding the financing of the Petrolul football team with Municipality funds. The anti-corruption prosecutors suspect that the Municipality allocated approximately EUR 3 M to the Yellow Wolves Association and that part of that money was paid to Petrolul Ploiesti footballers as premiums for their performance in the 2012-2013 season.
‘The mayoral office is deemed to be a public threat and the criminal offence of abuse of office has been under investigation for a year, I cannot explain (why prosecutors are now asking for arrest – editor’s note). The prosecutors are putting pressure on me and expect me to say something about someone, but this is not going to happen’, Badescu said as he walked out of the Prahova Tribunal after being arrested.