Former Cluj mayor sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison

Former Mayor of Cluj-Napoca municipality (center-western Romania), Sorin Apostu was irrevocably sentenced on Monday by the High Court of Cassation and Justice to four years and six months imprisonment for bribe taking, money laundering, forgery in deeds by private signature.

Sorin Apostu was initially sentenced in July 2013 to three years and six months in prison, by the Targu Mures Court of Appeal, but on Monday the Supreme Court approved the challenge of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and increased the sentence to four years imprisonment, plus extra six months.

The period Apostu has spent in remand, between Nov. 9, 2011 and Sept. 28, 2012, will be removed from the final sentence.

In the same case, Monica Apostu, the wife of Sorin Apostu, got three years with suspension. The same sentence was given to businessman Calin Stoia, accused of having remitted to mayor Sorin Apostu the total amount of 188,760 lei, the equivalent of 45,000 euros, for Apostu „to favour his company in obtaining a contract for sanitation services in Cluj-Napoca and for this contract to unfold smoothly,” DNA reports.

The former mayor was accused by DNA of taking 94,000 as bribe in exchange of sealing contracts on car park and sanitation services.

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