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Romania’s former boxing chief is arrested

February 5, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court has charged a former chairman of Romania’s Boxing Federation with influence peddling for allegedly offering to try to influence a sentencing hearing in return for money.

The court in Bucharest also had Rudel Obreja, a former boxer who served as the federation’s chairman from 2004 until 2012, arrested on Wednesday.

Prosecutors have accused Obreja of recently demanding 1 million euros ($740,000) from a person who had been convicted of a crime, saying he would persuade a court to spare that man a prison sentence.

Prosecutors did not identify the convict, saying only that he was later imprisoned.

However, Romania’s media have alleged that it is Sorin Ovidiu Vantu, a former owner of Realitatea TV who was sentenced to two years in prison on Jan. 25 for helping a fugitive escape Romania.

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