Former mayor of Iasi Gheorghe Nichita was sentenced on Monday by the Bucharest Court to four years in prison for bribery, being also banned from being elected to a public office. The decision is not final.
“It convicts the defendant Nichita Gheorghe to the main sentence of four years in prison for committing the offense of bribery. It applies to the defendant the complementary punishment of prohibiting the rights to be elected within public authorities or in elected public offices, to hold a position which involves the exercise of the state authority, or to hold the position of a mayor) for 3 years after the execution of the main sentence” reads the court decision.
Businessman Tiberiu Urdareanu was also sentenced in the same case to eight months of suspended prison for giving bribe.
Bucharest Court’s decision is not final.
Gheorghe Nichita is accused of receiving 10 percent of the value of a contract of almost RON 70 million, assigned to UTI and to another company, as well as discounts at a luxury hotel in Bucharest and accommodation in China.
Investigations revealed that in August 2013, in the context of implementing the project “Traffic Management System in the Municipality of Iasi”, aimed to fluidize the road and pedestrian traffic and the reduction of the pollution level, financed from EU funds, Gheorghe Nichita, as the Mayor of Iasi, asked and received from the other defendants several undue benefits to agree the wining of the tender by the association UTI-IBC and to sign the contract in question, in value of RON 69,614,309 (without VAT), as well as to ensure its development in proper conditions, according to the DNA prosecutors.
The total of the amounts and benefits received as bribe by Ghoerghe Nichita is RON 3,693,710, prosecutors say.