Suspended Mayor Marian Vanghelie remains on house arrest

The Bucharest Tribunal magistrates decided on Monday that the suspended Mayor of District 5 of Bucharest, Marian Vanghelie, would be on trial on house arrest, in the case where he had been charged with bribe-taking and abuse of power, as well as seven money laundering offences.

Marian Vanghelie appeared in Court on Monday and asked for the house arrest to be replaced with probation, his argument being that he was going to become a father soon and that he wanted ‘everything to go back to normal’.

Vanghelie said the accusations against him were ‘a story’. ‘A lawyer who used to be a prosecutor told me that. He said it is similar to Ceausescu’s case, the same, do you understand?’ Vanghelie said to the journalists as he was leaving the courthouse.

On 10 July, Marian Vanghelie was released after four months of remand in custody in a case dealt with by DNA, concerning nine different bribery offences and abuse of power and seven money laundering counts.

The co-defendants in the case are Mircea-Sorin Niculae (Vanghelie’s cousin), Sorin Stefan Ciocan, Laura Ciocan, Director of SC Economat Sector 5 SRL, and businessman Marin Dumitru, all subject to probation orders.

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