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October 4, 2022

DNA expands charges against former Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Monday expanded the charges brought against Sorin Oprescu. This time, he has been charged with money laundering and setting up an organised criminal group.
The suspended mayor of the Capital was taken to DNA’s on Monday to be informed on the new charges.

“The prosecutors (…) have decided to extend prosecution against Sorin Oprescu (…) currently under preventive arrest in the said case, on committing, in actual concurrence with the offense of bribery, the crimes of money laundering, abuse of office, if the official has obtained for himself or for others an undue advantage, and forming an organized criminal group,” a DNA informed in release .

In the same case, the DNA has decided the unavailability by seizure of a 5/6 joint property of a 224.19 square metres house in Bucharest’s District 1 and of a joint property of 101.64 sqm of land, both assets property of Sorin Oprescu, up to the value of almost 1.3 million.

“Moreover, the preservation by seizure is decided as concerns a real estate belonging to the life partner of Sorin Oprescu, also situated in Bucharest’s District 1, up to the value of almost 2,411,019.01 lei. When deciding such measure, the provisions referring to the extended lien were considered,” the DNA specifies.
Sorin Oprescu was arrested on 7 September, charged with 25,000 euro bribery.

According to the DNA, on September 5, the then mayor received in his home in Ciolpani 25,000 euro from his subordinate Bogdan Popa, director of Brancoveanu Palaces Cultural Centre; the DNA says the sum was produced by corruption acts.

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