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May 15, 2021
JUSTICE

MP Cristian Rizea, one step away from jail. He is accused of influence peddling and money laundering

On Monday, members of the Lower Chamber’s Judiciary Commission voted in favour of the National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) request to approve the detention and pre-trial arrest of Social Democrat MP Cristian Rizea.

11 MPs voted in favour, 3 against and 5 abstained, according to Ciprian Nica, Deputy Chairman of the Judiciary Commission.

MP Cristian Rizea stated on Monday, before the vote, that he regrets not giving up on his candidacy for Bucharest’s District 5 Mayoralty at the right time.

“This case has a single piece of evidence. There was another case five years ago, I won it against ANI, a case concerning the same object, the same sum of money, and the witness that swore on the Bible back then now completely changed his testimony. During these 5 years he committed illegalities, ended up in jail and negotiated his freedom at the cost of our freedom,” MP Cristian Rizea said.

He said that the reason why he ended up in this situation was his desire to run for the District 5 Mayoralty. “I should have given up long ago. I didn’t listen whom I should have listened to,” the Social Democrat concluded. Rizea added that he is ready for any possibility.

“It is a test for me. This is life. At the right time maybe I will say more,” he added.

The Judiciary Commission’s report will be forwarded to the Lower Chamber’s leadership, which will convene the plenum for a final vote.

Cristian Rizea went to the Judiciary Commission last week in order to study his case file. He was accompanied by his lawyer. He claimed he is innocent and stated he was pressured to bow out of the electoral race. In fact, the Social Democrat announced he would no longer run for the District 5 Mayoralty. Lower Chamber lawmaker Cristian Rizea is accused of influence peddling, money laundering and influencing witnesses.

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