On Monday, the Bucharest Court sentenced Nicusor Constantinescu, former Chairman of the Constanta County Council, to 6 years in prison, executory sentence.
He was sentenced in the case in which he was charged with malfeasance in office after he refused to allow the construction of a wind farm.
The court ruling is not final and can be challenged at the Bucharest Court of Appeals.
Nicusor Constantinescu was indicted and detained in 2014. He was charged with causing damages of EUR 30 M by refusing to issue or extend permits for the construction of wind farms in the county.
Nicusor Constantinescu is investigated in other DNA cases too. In one of them, concerning the sub-financing of the Regional Military Centre, he was sentenced to prison by the Constanta Court in October 2015. The ruling was not final.
Nicusor Constantinescu was placed under pre-trial arrest again in May this year, prosecutors accusing him of breaking the terms of the conditional bail. Namely, he failed to show up in court when scheduled. He did so by getting admitted into hospitals on several occasions around the time of the court hearings.