JUSTICE

Sorin Oprescu finds out on Tuesday whether he will be released from jail

The Bucharest Court of Appeals decides on Tuesday whether to accept Sorin Oprescu’s request to replace the preventive arrest measure with conditional bail or house arrest in the case in which the mayor is accused of passive bribery after he allegedly took EUR 25,000.
The court analyzed on Monday the appeal filed by Bucharest’s suspended mayor Sorin Oprescu, after the Bucharest Court rejected his request on September 25. The preventive arrest measure was taken on September 6. The Bucharest Court of Appeals postponed its ruling for Tuesday. The deliberations over Sorin Oprescu’s request lasted approximately two hours, with both the defence and the prosecution pleading before the court.
Sorin Oprescu’s lawyers have asked for the replacement of the preventive arrest measure with conditional bail or house arrest, appealing against the decision taken by the Bucharest Court on September 25. The defence asked the court to take into account Sorin Oprescu’s serious medical problems and invoked in support of the request High Court of Justice and European Court rulings.
Bucharest’s suspended mayor Sorin Oprescu was placed under preventive arrest by the Bucharest Court on September 6, at the request of National Anticorruption Department (DNA) prosecutors who accuse him of passive bribery.
The French Embassy announced on Monday that it took note of Sorin Oprescu’s current legal situation and it may start the procedure to withdraw the Legion of Honour award the suspended mayor received on March 12.
“Based on the final decision of the Romanian judiciary and in the hypothesis that Mr. Sorin Oprescu is criminally sanctioned, the Great Chancellery of the Legion of Honour will start the procedure,” the French Embassy’s communiqué reads.

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