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August 10, 2022

Monica Ridzi asks President Iohannis for pardon

Former Youth and Sports Minister Monica Iacob Ridzi, sentenced in February to 5 years in jail for malfeasance in office, has filed a pardon request at the President Administration on Thursday.

The pardon request was filed by her husband, Petrosani Mayor Tiberiu Ridzi, since Monica Iacob Ridzi is in jail.

Prior to that, Monica Ridzi also filed a request to have her sentence commuted on health grounds. This request will be analyzed by the Ilfov Court in early June.

“The reason why I resorted to this latest move is that I would like to live some more, I would like to be able to raise my children, to support them in facing the illnesses they have inherited from me, but also regular illnesses that, in their medical context, are infinitely more aggressive and risky for them. It is my hope for life. It is the hope that I will live my last months or years alongside my children, my family. I never stopped hoping in a gesture of clemency, because I have no prior criminal record and I have had flawless behaviour, both during the trial at the end of which I was convicted, but also subsequently, in prison; I did not commit nor was I accused of committing any corruption crime, and the recovery of the damage I was forced to cover is full and guaranteed, through the capitalization of the assets I own, which were frozen,” the pardon request posted on Monica Iacob Ridzi’s blog reads.

In a statement for B1TV, Tiberiu Ridzi pointed out that he filed the pardon request at the Presidential Palace on behalf of his wife and added that the two requests “are not mutually exclusive.”

He explained that Ilfov Court’s decision is taking longer and in the meantime “other illnesses have appeared.”

President Klaus Iohannis stated repeatedly that after taking over his term in office he will not pardon any person convicted for corruption. The pardon request will most likely be sent to the Justice Ministry in order for the latter to issue its notice on it.

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