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September 24, 2021

Gheorghe Stefan to be released on parole after Prahova Court rejects DNA’s challenge

Former Piatra Neamt Mayor Gheorghe Stefan will be released on parole, after Prahova Tribunal magistrates rejected on Wednesday the challenge that National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors had filed against the previous court ruling issued by the Ploiesti Court.

“It rejects, as groundless, the challenge that DNA Ploiesti lodged against criminal sentence no.2098 from 18 August 2017, issued by the Ploiesti Court. Court expenses will be covered by the state. Final ruling,” Prahova Tribunal representatives informed.

Ploiesti Court magistrates had admitted the parole proposal formulated by the Ploiesti Penitentiary’s Parole Commission for former Piatra Neamt Mayor Gheorghe Stefan, claiming that he is reformed and able to reintegrate in society.

“As shown by the criminal characterisation included in the dossier, during the entire time he served his sentence, the convict had positive behaviour, meaning he was not disciplinarily censured and was rewarded once, he took part in labour activities (13 days shaved off) and social-educational activities (21), so that the court deems he has reformed and is able to reintegrate in society, and that releasing him on parole does not represent any danger for society,” reads the Ploiesti Court ruling.

According to the same document, the judges were of the opinion that the former mayor, who was convicted for corruption, “takes responsibility for the crime committed.” Gheorghe Stefan was sentenced to 1,278 days in prison, served 297 days in prison, 235 days under pre-trial arrest, and had 13 days shaved off his sentence as a result of labour activities.




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