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Senator released from preventive arrest

A Romanian senator who has been in jail since March last year awaiting his trial, has finally been released.

The High Court judges decided on Monday night to release Social Democrat Senator Catalin Voicu, after the fourth time his lawyers had asked for his release.

He was accused, along with a High Court judge and two businessmen, of influence peddling.

Social Democrat Senator Catalin Voicu, High Court Judge Florin Costiniu and businessmen Costel Casuneanu and Marius Locic, have been indicted for influence peddling, complicity and for falsifying documents.

Prosecutors said that in 2009 the Social Democrat senator asked businessman Costel Casuneanu for 60,000 Euros after receiving 200,000 Euros to influence a High Court decision regarding Casuneanu's company.

Judge Florin Costiniu, from the High Court of Justice and Cassation in Bucharest, stand accused of helping Voicu obtain a favourable court decision in this case.

Prosecutors also say Senator Catalin Voicu asked and received around 30,000 Euros (119,000 lei) from businessman Marius Locic, with the promise of persuading policemen in Bucharest not to arrest Locic in a fraud case.

The case continues.

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