Friday, October 30, 2020

Ex-Romanian mayor convicted for bribery, sentenced to prison in another corruption case

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Gheorghe Nichita, former mayor of Iasi, was sentenced on Tuesday by the local court, in the first instance, to five years and two months in prison.

Nichita was accused by DNA of using the local police to track down his mistress in the city. He is now in prison, after being convicted in another case less than two months ago and imprisoned at the Iasi Penitentiary.

Nichita was accused by DNA prosecutors of inciting the use in any way, directly or indirectly, of information that was not intended for publicity, incitement to illegal access to a computer system, incitement to illegal operations with computer devices or programs and incitement to abuse of office.

Along with Nichita, Liviu Hliboceanu, former head of the Local Police in 2016, was also convicted for complicity in the same crimes. Hliboceannu had his subordinates follow Adina Samson, the mayor’s mistress, whom he suspected of betraying him.

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Gheorghe Nichita was definitively sentenced at the beginning of August to 5 years in prison with execution by the Bucharest Court of Appeal because he took 10% bribe from a contract of 70 million lei, which he attributed to the businessman Tiberiu Urdăreanu , as well as discounts at a luxury hotel in Bucharest, but also accommodation in China. The contract concerned the streamlining of road and pedestrian traffic, as well as the reduction of pollution, financed from European funds.

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