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September 28, 2021
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Judges handing down sentences for money

The arrest of Judge Geanina Terceanu for a bribe she got in the football transfers case seems to have been just the tip of the iceberg. She was a member of the panel of judges who decided on 11 February 2013 to release Dinel Nutu, formerly Staicu. Geanina Terceanu and a colleague’s verdicts were favourable to the arrested person. A third judge opposed the release, according to stiripesurse.ro.

The lack of clear evidence delayed the first arrest until the summer of 2013, in the high profile case concerning Dinel Staicu. Judge Veronica Cirstoiu from the Bucharest Court of Appeal (CAB) was prosecuted by DNA for the highest bribe discovered so far – a million euro.

Previously, Judge Cirstoiu was on the panel that quashed Dinel Staicu’s seven year custodial sentence in the case of the International Bank of Religions fraud, evz.ro says.
Geanina Terceanu, on the other hand, did not stop. When hearing the football transfers case, she chased -0 prosecutors allege – a total of 220,000 euro to acquit three of the eight ‘football heads’ – the Becali brothers and Cristian Borcea. Since the difference in sentences would have been suspect, Judge Terceanu, at the time Teodorovici, acquitted the whole lot on 3 April 2012. But the prosecutors continued to watch her, as they knew some day she would make the wrong move. And she did.

The DNA prosecutors managed to obtain not just the denunciation of the middle-man who had paid the judge the bribe from Giovani Becali, but they also tape-recorded her recently, when she was begging the man to not tell the prosecutors anything about her.

The money she reportedly received in instalments, from April 2009 to Mai 2012, evz.ro also notes. She was not married back then and it’s possible that the husband, also a judge at he Bucharest Tribunal, may not be aware of the wife’s dealings with the transfers case defendants via three persons – two of them are burglars close to Giovani Becali.

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