In his first release sent after his extradition from Madagascar, former mayor of Constanta Radu Mazare says he is proud of everything he did in his life, and after being jailed in Madagascar he will survive in jail in Romania, too, ensuring that he will handle it with honor and dignity. In his opinion, the way in which his conviction was decided is not justice, but “mockery”; he suggested he will complaint at the ECHR, but he pointed out that until a decision will be issued by this court, he will stay in prison. “No one can take my memories and love!”, he concluded.
“It’s been four years since when I haven’t made any statement and I’m not involved at all in public or political life. However, I see that my name, my life and my person still cause a huge interest. I don’t understand why, and I only can be surprised and impressed. In this context, I wish to make several mentions, and I apologize for my lack of modesty: I am proud of everything I did in my life, I built newspapers, radio or TV channels from scratch when I wasn’t involved in politics yet. As a mayor, I built houses for young or poor people, I improved the infrastructure and the economy of the city of Constanta, and a very important thing, I rebuilt Mamaia resort , which I took from dust, ruins and anonymity, and I made it famous. And the list can continue on a full page. I did the same when I arrived in Africa: I built a resort in a wild jungle, only with warm-hearted locals, without any equipment or facilities. Of course, I made mistakes in my life, like any human being, but I never harmed someone on purpose, since I am a man in the fear of God”, Mazare stated.
“I see many people are talking about my 9-year conviction and the other convictions in this case, which is, in my opinion and in my lawyers’ opinion, an absolutely unfair and outrageous.
Two mammoth judicial expertise repots have been conducted on the merits, in this case, at the Bucharest Court of Appeal, throughout 8 years of trial, 106 hearings and 5 judges that have been changed. The first one was a real estate assessment report, and the second one was a topographic report. Both reports concluded that there was a zero damage, demolishing DNA’s report made in this respect. So, at the end of the trial at the Court of Appeal, there were dozens of acquittals in this case, and I was sentenced to suspended prison, just to record a sanction”, the former mayor of Constanta stated.
“But during the appeal phase, at ICCJ, ‘the famous and dreaded’ judge Ionut Matei, specially established as the President of the panel of judges by a non-randomly manner, known as a close person and a good executor of the revived Securitate system of the recent years in Romania, sentenced me, after just 3 hearings, to 9 years in prison. How’s that? Very simply:
– 1. He removed the neutral judicial expertise reports conducted by the first court, relying only on the reports submitted by the accuser, namely by DNA
– 2. Without having any new evidence, he reinterpreted the existing one.
I must add that in the ANRP 1 case, a similar case to mine, the reasoning of the High Court of Cassation and Justice decision by which the defendants have been acquitted, mentioned that the members of the restitution committee cannot be held liable for the amounts in the expertise reports made by authorized appraisers in the case of the restitutions. Which is the opposite to the decision in my case!!!
All the reasons on which my conviction is based are definitely against the case-law and the ECHR decisions issued until today, but of course I will be jailed until I will be judged there. As in the case of mayor Mircea Gutau!
I appreciate this is not justice. This is only mockery!
After being jailed in Madagascar, where the call of the inmates was made in a courtyard with dust and dirt on the ground, where there were 1,400 people staying ion their knees and with their hands on their heads, without beds or toilets, does anyone think I will not survive in the Romanian prisons?
I will handle it with honor and dignity!
No one can take my memories and love!”, the former mayor of Constanta concluded in the press release issued on Tuesday.
Arrest warrant issued in abstentia on Radu Mazare’s name, confirmed by ICCJ
The arrest warrant issued in absentia last year, on the name of former Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare, was confirmed by the ICCJ on Tuesday, but the decision is open to appeal.
The High Court of Cassation and Justice has confirmed the pre-trial arrest warrant that was issued in absentia last year, on Radu Mazare’s name.
“On the grounds of Article 231, Paragraphs 1, 4 and 7 of the Criminal Procedure Code, it confirms the pre-trial arrest ordered in absentia against defendant Mazare Radu Stefan (…), through the court decision dated 10 January 2018, adopted by the Criminal Section of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in Dossier no.4453/1/2015, decision that remained final through Penal Decision no.12/22 January 2018, adopted by the five-judge panel of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in Dossier no.119/1/2018, as well as the enforcement of pre-trial arrest warrant no.1/10 January 2018, issued for a period of 30 days starting on the date the warrant is enforced, namely from 8 May 2019 to 6 June 2019,” the ICCJ points out.
According to the source, the court expenses will be covered by the state.
The ICCJ decision can be challenged within 48 hours.
Having been brought from Madagascar on Monday evening, following his extradition, on Tuesday former Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare was taken from the Rahova Penitentiary to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, for the confirmation of the arrest warrant that was issued last year in the Polaris case in which Mazare has since been convicted, in the court of first instance, to 9 years and 10 months in prison.
The court hearing took place at 2.30 p.m., in the Joint Sections Hall, and concerned Dossier 4453/1/2015.
Thus, it concerned the confirmation of the arrest warrant issued on Mazare’s name in this case, on 10 January 2018, when the judicial control measure was replaced with pre-trial arrest. The arrest warrant was issued in absentia, since Mazare had left the country.
In this case, also known as the Polaris case, former Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare was sentenced to 9 years and 10 months in prison, on 3 May 2019. The sentence is not final. Mazare was indicted on 10 December 2015, being charged with three counts of passive bribery, abuse in office if the civil servant obtains undue benefits for self or for someone else, and conflict of interest.
Subsequently, Mazare was taken back to the Rahova Penitentiary.