Sorin Oprescu announced on Monday, at the Bucharest Court of Appeals, that he will no longer run for the Bucharest City Hall, pointing out that morality prevents him from joining the race, bearing in mind that he is investigated while remanded on conditional bail.
“If it wasn’t for morality, if it wasn’t for conditional bail, if the situation was different, of course I would have been there. After all, I want to finish what I started. Unfortunately, it remains a desire. Secondly, I would like you not to forget that I am remanded on conditional bail. (…) In our country it is exactly the opposite, you have to prove you are innocent, because in our country the presumption of guilt, not of innocence, is operating at this moment. And then, against the backdrop of a society with its backsliding, one sees fit to adapt one’s own morality to the times,” Sorin Oprescu stated at the Bucharest Court of Appeals.
The former mayor also talked about PSD’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, Gabriela Firea, pointing out that: “She is a lady that prepared very well from what I know. I believe she also has the will and the ability to build in Bucharest. For that, she is one of the persons for whom I have special respect, precisely because she is a woman of action.”
On 20 November 2015, DNA prosecutors indicted Sorin Oprescu for passive bribery, money laundering, malfeasance in office and the setting up of a crime ring. Bogdan Popa, former director of the Cemeteries Administration, Cristian Stanca, Oprescu’s former driver, Mircea Octavian Constantinescu, former director of the Bucharest City Hall’s Economic Directorate, Ruxandra Mihaela Petroi Avasiloae, former director of the Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Centre, Florin Supeala, the Centre’s former deputy director, Claudiu Bengalici, company CEO, Ion Nita and Romeo Albu are also on trial in the same case.