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Romania: Ex-mayor gets suspended sentence for beach sales

July 10, 2017
FILE - In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, Radu Mazare, former mayor of the Black Sea port city of Constanta, attends an electoral rally in Bucharest, Romania. A court has given a former Romanian mayor a four-year suspended prison sentence for illegally selling state-owned beaches. The Bucharest Court of Appeal convicted and sentenced former Constanta mayor Radu Mazare on Monday, July 10, 2017 after one of Romania's longest-running corruption trials. Mazare served as mayor of the Black Sea port from 2000-2015. (Octav Ganea/Mediafax via AP) ROMANIA OUT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court has given a former Romanian mayor a four-year suspended prison sentence for illegally selling state-owned beaches.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal convicted and sentenced former Constanta mayor Radu Mazare on Monday after one of Romania’s longest-running corruption trials. Mazare served as mayor of the Black Sea port from 2000-2015.

His trial began in 2008. Mazare can appeal.

Another Constanta politician, Nicusor Constantinescu, received a three-year suspended sentence.

Prosecutors say from November 2002 to July 2005, Mazare, Constantinescu and others illegally sold state-owned beaches and seafront property to aides and others. They said the maneuvers cost Romania 114 million euros ($130 million.)

The flamboyant Mazare frequently dressed up as Che Guevara and other figures. He apologized to Jewish groups after wearing a Nazi uniform to a 2009 fashion show.

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