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May 23, 2022

Former Bucharest Mayor Oprescu sentenced to ten years, eight months in prison for corruption

Former Bucharest City Mayor Sorin Oprescu on Friday was sentenced by the Bucharest Court of Appeal to ten years and eight months in prison for bribery, setting up an organised criminal group and abuse of office. The sentence is final and binding.

Oprescu was accused of receiving in September 2015 at his home in Ciolpani, 25,000 euros from his subordinate Bogdan Popa, a former director of the Cemeteries Administration, allegedly proceeds of corruption.

Initially, the court of first instance, the Bucharest Tribunal, sentenced Oprescu in May 2019 to five years and four months in prison, a sentence increased by the Bucharest Court of Appeal to ten years and eight months after the judges found the setting up of the organised criminal group to have been in an aggravated form.

Thus, the court convicted Oprescu to 6 years for bribe-taking, 3 years for abuse of office an 3 years and 6 months for money laundering. The sentences were merged in accordance to criminal procedure laws, which mandate the maintaining of the largest sentence and the adding of up to a third of the other sentences totaled, resulting in a 10 year and 8 month conviction.


Sorin Oprescu sought after 10 year prison sentence


An all-points bulletin was issued for the former mayor of Bucharest Sorin Oprescu, after he wasn’t found at his home by police officers coming to enforce the mandate to execute his conviction, the Press Bureau of the General Inspectorate of the Bucharest Police informs.



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