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April 13, 2021

Anticorruption prosecutors detain another mayor

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have detained Adrian Mladin, re-elected mayor of Jilava commune, charging him with passive bribery, money laundering and misrepresentation.

Marian Constantin, company manager, has been detained in the same case, for active bribery, money laundering and misrepresentation (continued offence).

The two were brought before the Bucharest Court on Wednesday, prosecutors asking the court to remand them on 30-day pre-trial arrest.

Anticorruption prosecutors had indicted Adrian Mladin on similar charges in 21 December 2011 and 14 February 2012. In 2012, back when he was re-elected mayor, Adrian Mladin was sworn in office while he was under pre-trial arrest.

In this year’s local elections, he won another stint as mayor, running as an independent.

According to the DNA, in April 2010, Mladin Adrian, “defendant Constantin Marian and another person agreed that the last two should establish a company in order to win public contracts awarded by the Jilava Mayoralty. (…) Subsequently, based on the framework agreement, defendant Mladin Adrian, in his capacity as Mayor of Jilava, signed with the association of companies represented by defendant Constantin Marian four contracts worth RON 3.27 M, RON 2.59 M, RON 1.45 M and RON 1.08 M respectively. They were followed by several other contracts awarded through so-called tenders. In return, defendant Mladin Adrian received, as a bribe, cash and luxury items worth a total of RON 5.06 M.”

Moreover, “defendant Constantin Marian forged several documents in order to justify the cash withdrawals and the goods that represented the proceeds of the active and passive bribery offences. Thus, defendant Constantin Marian forged the conventions dated 16.04.2013 and 15.05.2013 and several invoices.”

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