An ex-prosecutor with the High Court Prosecutor’s Office, Angela Nicolae, was sentenced by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) to four years of imprisonment on Tuesday. The former magistrate was found guilty of influence peddling, after asking for almost RON 88,000 in order to intervene in several cases.
The High Court prosecutors also ordered a complementary punishment against Angela Nicolae who may not be elected to a public authority or any other public office, she may not have a position involving the exercise of state authority and may not have the position, exercise the profession or perform the activity she used in the commission of the offence during three years after serving the custodial sentence, according to Mediafax.
The Court also seized RON 87,715 Angela Nicolae received as bribe.
The son of the former prosecutor, Daniel Nicolae, was also sentenced to three years in prison in the same case, for complicity to the offence of repeated influence peddling.
Rami Ghaziri was also sentenced to three years in orison, after being found guilty of the commission of the offence of buying influence.
The anti-corruption prosecutors seized Angela Nicoale’s apartment in Bucharest in order to cover the amount of RON 87,715.64, the value of the bribe she received.
Angela Nicolae and her son were arrested on 29 October 2013, after the DNA prosecutors had identified a tax evasion network in the food business, that caused the state a loss of over EUR 70 M. The day she was arrested, the prosecutor’s department of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) suspended Angela Nicolae as a magistrate and chief of service at the High Court Prosecutor’s Office. On 10 December 2013, CSM took note of Angela Nicoale’s resignation.