Former MP Sebastian Ghita was acquitted on Monday in the case in which he is accused of giving bribery, incitement to abuse of office and money laundering because he gave bribe consisting of a house to the former mayor of Ploiesti, Iulian Badescu, in exchange of financing the Asesoft team. The preventive seizure on the assets of the two persons has been also removed, and the court costs in this case, amounting RON 20,000, will be borne by the state. The decision announced on Monday by the High Court of Cassation and Justice is not final.
Iulian Badescu, who was accused of taking bribe and of abuse of office, was acquitted, too.
The preventive seizure on the mobile and fixed assets of the two persons has been also removed.
“The court costs made in this case in the prosecution stage and in the judgement on the merits, amounting RON 20,000, will be borne by the state. The decision can be appealed within 10 days since the communication of the copy of the minutes” the decision also states.
Prosecutors requested imprisonment up to the maximum level for the former deputy, and a similar request was made against Badescu.
“We ask you to order imprisonment up to the maximum level provided by the law against them” the prosecutor said at the previous hearing.
He mentioned that Badescu has another conviction for similar deeds and Ghita’s situation is notorious in terms of his behavior.
“He eluded the investigation and the criminal liability” the prosecutor also said, asking for imprisonment and for banning certain rights in Sebastian Ghita’s case.
The court was also asked to order the two persons to jointly pay RON 1.5 million to the Ploiesti Municipality and to order the seizure of more than RON 900,000 from Badescu and RON 1.1 million from Ghita.
The court was asked to maintain the seizure ordered by DNA on the properties and the assets, too.
In July, 2015, DNA prosecutors sent Sebastian Ghita and Iulian Badescu to judgement under the charges of giving, respectively taking bribe, abuse of office and money laundering.