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August 10, 2022

Rape investigation in Vaslui: Prosecutors allegedly commit disciplinary infractions

The Prosecutor General’s Office has discovered, following its investigation at the Vaslui Court’s Prosecutor’s Office, that Ingrid Botezatu, the court prosecutor that did not file an appeal against the court’s decision to release from preventive arrest the young men accused of raping a teenage girl, exercised her duties in a severely negligent manner.

A team from the Attorney General’s Office conducted an investigation at the headquarters of the Prosecutor’s Office in Vaslui last week, looking into the case of the teenage girl raped by seven young men.

Judicial sources quoted by Ziua News stated that the result of the investigation has outlined the existence of clues pointing to the fact that Ingrid Botezatu, Chief Deputy Prosecutor of the Vaslui Court’s Prosecutor’s Office and court prosecutor, has committed disciplinary infractions stipulated by Article 99, Paragraph T of Law 303/2004, namely the exercise of duties in a severely negligent manner by failing to verify within the legally-stipulated deadline the legality and thoroughness of Vaslui Court’s April 2 ruling which replaced the preventive arrest measure with a more lenient measure in the case of the young men accused of rape.

According to the aforementioned sources, the Attorney General’s Office has sent to the Judiciary Inspection the results of the investigation since the Judiciary Inspection has already started a disciplinary action in this case.

A high school student was gang-raped in Vaslui on November 10. Seven young men were arraigned on December 8, being accused of rape and kidnap, and were all placed under preventive arrest. On April 2 this year three of the young men admitted the charges and asked to be tried through simplified procedure. At the same court appearance a magistrate decided that they should be tried while under house arrest. The Prosecutor’s Office, represented in court by prosecutor Ingrid Botezatu, did not file an appeal against the decision. Subsequently, the Vaslui Court decided that the other four young men that did not admit the charges should also be placed under house arrest. All seven defendants were later remanded on conditional bail.

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