Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare appeared in Britain’s tabloid Daily Mail on Wednesday, in an article titled “Flamboyant Romanian mayor who dressed up as a Nazi guard and posed for Playboy is accused of taking €9 million in bribes.”
Journalists write that although Mazare, who is currently in jail, has a salary of just £445 a month he lives a luxurious life.
“A flamboyant Romanian mayor who once appeared on the cover of Playboy has been arrested on corruption charges. Mayor Radu Mazare, the first citizen of the Black Sea town of Constanta, has an official salary of just £445 a month, but is alleged to have pocketed millions through corrupt activities. Mr Mazare is known for his extravagant lifestyle and elaborate parties, and has a collection of vintage cars and an estate on the tourist destination of Madagascar,” the British journalists write.
“He is known for his love of dressing up for fashion shows – controversially appeared as a Nazi general in 2009. On a separate occasion he dressed as an Egyptian Pharaoh with heavy eye makeup and a crown,” the article adds.
At the same time, the British journalists point out that the mayor has invited the Rio Carnival to the Mamaia seaside resort, with him being the main star of the show.
Radu Mazare was placed under 30-day preventive arrest in the case in which he is accused of taking a bribe of EUR 9 M in exchange for awarding licenses and contracts to companies. DNA Constanta prosecutors subsequently ordered the expansion of the criminal probe by including an accusation of malfeasance in office.
Visited in jail by his son
Raducu, Radu Mazare’s son, visited his father in jail on Wednesday, and told journalists on his way out that Mazare misses the sun and the sport. “He is happy he saw the sun. He misses the sun and the sport. He sits at the window of the cell, with the face to the sun. Apart from that he is fine,” Raducu Mazare stated. He added that Radu Mazare shared the prison cell with seven other persons but in the meantime one of them has left. Asked whether his father will appeal against the preventive arrest measure, Raducu Mazare stated that he would not for the time being, not until prosecutors come up with the proposal to extend the measure, pointing out that the case has not left the supreme court yet and the magistrates have not released their arguments in favour of the decision either.
At the same time, asked whether Radu Mazare had any complaints in particular, Raducu Mazare stated that he complained about the whole situation he is going through, deeming that “everything is a mockery and probably a gamble,” and expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that after two weeks the judge is yet to reveal the reasons for the decision to place him under arrest. Likewise, Raducu Mazare also stated that his father reads with the help of a miner’s headlamp since the light he has in the prison cell is insufficient. The suspended mayor’s son gave him healthy food, books but also clothes to wear when he shows up at the supreme court, since Constanta’s suspended mayor hopes he will leave arrest when the extension of the preventive arrest measure is analyzed.