Bucharest suspended Mayor Sorin Oprescu stays under arrest

Sorin Oprescu is staying under arrest, after the Bucharest Court of Appeal finally declined on Tuesday the mayor’s request to be removed from preventive arrest and placed on probation or house arrest in the case where he was accused of taking a bribe of 25,000 euro.
The Court of Appeal of Bucharest on Monday heard the mayor’s appeal against the decision of the Bucharest Tribunal of 25 September rejecting his request for replacing preventive arrest with a less restrictive measure.
The court adjourned without handing down the decision until Tuesday, when Sorin Oprescu’s request was declined. The mayor remains in the arrest facility of the Bucharest Police where he has been since 6 September.
Sorin Oprescu’s lawyers asked the Court to also consider the serious conditions their client had and also pointed out that, for the offences he had been charged with, he could be investigated into while a different preventive measure in just as good conditions.
The Court found that criminal investigations in Oprescu’s case had not been finalised, therefore, since he could influence the investigation, the measure of house arrest or probation was not opportune at that point in the criminal process.
The suspended mayor of the Capital city, Sorin Oprescu, was placed under arrest on 6 September by the Bucharest Tribunal, at the request of the National Anticorruption Department (DNA), who had charged him with taking bribe. The Bucharest Court of Appeal, on 14 September, backed the decision of the Bucharest Tribunal, therefore Oprescu remained under arrest and suspended from office since 15 September.

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