The Bucharest Court of Appeal has decided that former Health Minister, Sorina Pintea, remain under judiciary control in the case in which she was arraigned by prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for bribe-taking.
Initially, on May 11, the Bucharest Tribunal revoked this measure, but the DNA appealed and won at the Bucharest Court of Appeal.
On April 30, Sorina Pintea, at the time the manager of the Dr. Constantin Opris County Emergency Hospital in Baia Mare, northwestern Maramures county, was arraigned for bribe-taking in continued form (two material acts).
According to the DNA, in the November 2019 - February 28, 2020 period, Sorina Pintea had requested and received, through an intermediary, from representatives of a company, in two payments, the sums of 10,000 euro (on December 20, 2019) and 120,000 RON (on February 28, 2020), which she was not entitled to, representing 7 percent of a public procurement contract signed in 2019 that had as a purpose the designing and execution of works on the operating block - cardiovascular and thoracic surgery room and some adjacent spaces at the Dr. Constantin Opris County Emergency Hospital in Baia Mare.
According to the investigators, Sorina Pintea had received the money in the medical unit she was running.
"On February 28, after receiving 120,000 RON, action that took place in the defendant's office in the hospital, she was caught red-handed," the DNA mentions.
Initially, on February 29, Sorina Pintea was placed under preventive arrest by the Bucharest Tribunal, but she was freed on March 6, following a decision of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, which placed her under a 60-day judiciary control.