Man jailed for trying to bribe police officer

Looks like the winds of change are blowing around the Maros/Mureș area: a man was sentenced to two years and four months in jail because he attempted to bribe a police officer, a rare occurrence in Romania .

The case happened in Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș, in 2016, when truck driver Ionel Vlaicu was stopped by the local police because he was crossing a segment of the city where trucks are prohibited. When the police officer asked him to hand over the vehicle’s papers, he included a 50 lei (~€10.50) banknote, hoping to get away without a penalty.

That wasn’t the case for Vlaicu, however. The police officer notified the National Anticorruption Directorate and the driver ended up in court for his failed attempt to bribe the police officer. According to the Directorate’s documentation, its agents, along with the prosecutor of the Târgu Mureș court rushing to the scene, confirmed that the truck driver had tried to bribe the police officer to let him walk away.

The failure to comply with the traffic regulation and the bribing attempt turned into a costly journey: the court sentenced the truck driver to two years and four months in jail.

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Author: István Fekete