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February 24, 2021

Nicusor Constantinescu urgently hospitalised. DNA asks for pre-trial arrest of Constanta County Council Chairman

Constanta County Council Chairman Nicusor Constantinescu has been urgently hospitalised at the Constanta County Emergency Hospital. On Thursday, DNA prosecutors asked the Constanta Court of Appeals to approve the pre-trial arrest of Nicusor Constantinescu, given his repeated violation of one of his conditional bail obligations, namely to show up in court every time he is summoned.

According to a DNA communiqué, prosecutors have filed a proposal to have the conditional bail measure replaced with pre-trial arrest. Nicusor Constantinescu was arraigned in April 2014 for malfeasance in office, continued offence.

“The pre-trial arrest request was filed as a result of the fact that defendant Constantinescu repeatedly broke one of the obligations imposed by the court ruling issued by the Constanta Court of Appeals on 05.12.2014, which replaced the house arrest measure with conditional bail. The condition was for him to show up in court every time summoned. According to the request to replace conditional bail with pre-trial arrest, since March 29, Nicusor Constantinescu has failed to show up at all court hearings, with ill intent, arguing he is unable to move as a result of surgery on one of his legs, subsequently being hospitalised, for recovery, at the Techirghiol Balneary Sanatorium,” the communiqué reads.

DNA points out that the court even tried to hear the defendant at the sanatorium, but the defendant refused.

“Although the defendant claimed he could not move, so far he has frequently left the Techirghiol Balneary Sanatorium in order to solve various ‘personal problems,’” the prosecutors claim.

The prosecutors show that during this time Nicusor Constantinescu was “physically perfectly capable of travelling outside the balneary sanatorium when his personal interests dictated it,” however he refused on several occasions to show up in court in order to take part in the procedure in which he himself insisted to be heard, seeking to delay the case with ill intent.”

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