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April 16, 2021

The price of freedom in 2016: Bails worth almost EUR 25 M posted in H1

The value of the bails posted at national level in the first half of this year amounts to almost EUR 25 M, Digi24 informs. The data from the Police, which is in charge with making sure pre-trial measures are respected, show that 37 persons investigated for various offences were forced by prosecutors to post bails ranging from several thousand Lei to several million Euros. The sums, transferred to accounts at the disposal of the prosecutor’s offices handling the investigations, are meant to guarantee that the defendant will show up for trial.

Most of that sum comes from measures adopted by anticorruption prosecutors. The record was set in one of the cases in which Lower Chamber lawmaker Sebastian Ghita is involved, a case in which the lawmaker was not allowed to publicly disclose details from the investigation.

The bail that the lawmaker posted after he lost his appeal against it was in excess of RON 58 M, namely almost EUR 13 M. The lawmaker posted bail by having some of his assets seized by prosecutors.

Also this year, the National Anticorruption Directorate remanded Dan Adamescu on conditional bail and imposed a bail bond agreement on him. The businessman agreed to posting a bail of RON 40 M, namely over EUR 8 M.

Brasov-based businessman Ioan Neculai is also present in the upper echelon of the bail rankings. The businessman was released from custody after spending more than a month behind bars, and posted a bail of almost EUR 5 M, in the form of frozen shares.

In 2015, Elena Udrea posted the highest bail: RON 5 M.

According to the law, bail bond liability ends in case of an acquittal. However, if the person who posted the bail is convicted then the money is used to cover court fees and the possible damages.

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