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June 19, 2021

Dismissed Mayor Sorin Oprescu avoids prison

Bucharest Court of Appeal approved on Monday suspended Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu’s request to replace house arrest with the measure of judicial control in the case in which he is indicted for bribe-taking, money-laundering, abuse of office and setting up an organised crime group.

While under judicial control, Oprescu must fulfill several obligations, among which to remain on the territory of the Bucharest municipality, to only travel to the Emergency University Hospital in Bucharest, food shops and pharmacies located in Sector 1 or to hospitals in Bucharest; not to go near other defendants or witnesses in the case, not to exercise the function of mayor; not to participate in sports or cultural events or other public gatherings.

On November 20, 2015, Sorin Oprescu was sent to court alongside several other defendants.

According to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), since the end of 2013, Oprescu has been heading an organised crime group, set up by the Director of Administration of Cemeteries and Human Crematories Bogdan Cornel Popa, with the purpose of conducting acts of corruption, namely bribery and bribe-taking, using money from the budget of the Bucharest municipality.
On September 5, 2015, Oprescu received at his residence in Ciolpani 25,000 euros from his subordinate Bogdan Popa, Director of the “Brancovan Palaces” Cultural Centre. According to DNA, the money is alleged to have come from acts of corruption.

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