The suspended Mayor of Bucharest appeared in Court, at the Bucharest Tribunal Thursday morning, to participate in the hearing of his request to have his arrest replaced with a les restrictive measure. Oprescu didn’t feel well while in the courtroom and the doctors were called for, according to stiripesurse.ro. After he received medical attention, the hearing was resumed.
Sorin Oprsecu was arrested at the beginning of the month. Anticorruption prosecutors charged him with bribery.
On Wednesday, after Sorin Oprsecu had asked to be taken to hospital for detailed medical investigations, the heads of the Bucharest Police decided that he could be examined by a doctor of his choice, but only at the medical office within the Central Arrest Facility. Previously, Oprescu’s partner, Adriana Nica, had said he would go to the Military Hospital for investigations.
Sorin Oprescu’s request to see doctors outside the arrest facility came after a diabetes seizure which required that he be taken to the Sfantul Ioan Hospital two days before.
Oprescu’s lawyer said on Realitatea TV that he was in a serious state and posed risk of myocardial infarction. He added that the mayor would not be transported to hospital. ‘He cannot feel his fingers anymore. This person ahs been complaining about chest pain for two days. He is a diabetic’, said the lawyer. Lawyer Viorel Mocanu also said on Thursday that his client’s treating physicians had said they wouldn’t want to visit the Police arrest facility to investigate Oprescu’s cardiac issues. He noted that the cardiologists would probably want the patient to be taken to hospital where they have the necessary medical equipment.
The Bucharest Tribunal arrested Sorin Oprsecu for 30 days, on the charge of taking bribe, because he posed a threat to public order, according to the arguments of the court decision.
The Ombudsman has taken action and is currently checking Sorin Oprescu’s arrest circumstances to determine if the right to life, physical and mental integrity and to healthcare are observed in the case. The Ombudsman notes the institution has started investigations based on press reports quoting Sorin Oprescu’s lawyer.