JUSTICE POLITICS

Sorin Oprescu on possible return at Bucharest City Hall: “I’ll give it a serious thought for 25-30 years”

Former Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu showed up at the Bucharest Court, where he told journalists that the National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) revised indictment has arrived in his case.

When leaving the Bucharest Court, Oprescu stated that he has started to perform surgeries at the University Hospital and he finds it “formidable” that he is able to work again. He also talked about a possible return at the Bucharest City Hall.

“I’ve started to perform surgeries and do the job I have done for 32 years. It’s nothing formidable. What’s formidable is that I can work,” Sorin Oprescu told the journalists waiting for him outside the Bucharest Court building.

“The new indictment has been discussed. The exceptions have been lifted. Sending the indictment back to the Prosecutor’s Office has been requested. The sentence is pending. I haven’t filed any request for the conditional bail to be lifted, it wasn’t about anything of this sort,” Oprescu stated when leaving the Bucharest Court.

Asked whether he will return to the Bucharest City Hall, Oprescu said smilingly: “I’ll give it a serious thought for some 25-30 years.”
Court of Appeals magistrates replaced the home arrest measure with conditional bail, and Oprescu thus received the right to practice medicine again.

At first, Sorin Oprescu was indicted by the DNA for passive bribery. Prosecutors then expanded their criminal investigation into money laundering, malfeasance in office and the setting up of an organized crime group.

On September 7, Sorin Oprescu was placed under pre-trial arrest after prosecutors found EUR 25,000 in his car and home.

Sorin Oprescu was elected Bucharest Mayor in June 2008.

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