Mircea Basescu sentenced to four years in prison, decision can be appealed

Magistrates with the Constanta Court decided on Friday to sentence Mircea Basescu, brother of former Romanian president Traian Basescu, to four years of imprisonment for influence peddling. In the same case, which involves family members of Bercea Mondial, Marian Capatana was sentenced to three years in prison for complicity to influence peddling.

The sentence can be appealed against at the Court of Appeal.

Mircea Basescu and Marian Capatana were sent to court in June 2014 by prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for influence peddling and complicity to influence peddling, respectively. The trial started in November 2014.

After being investigated while being placed in preventive arrest, the two were subsequently placed in house arrest and then under judicial control.

According to DNA, between February 20, 2011 – February 22, 2012, Mircea Basescu received the amount of 250,000 euros from denouncer Florin Anghel via the defendant Marian Capatana, in return for the promise to intervene with the magistrates tasked with judging the case involving Florin Anghel’s father Sandu Anghel, as well as other requests in the case in question, with the purpose of obtaining a favourable judgment, namely, either a shorter sentence or acquittal.

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