Gheorghe Nichita

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Nichita in 2014

Gheorghe Nichita (born September 15, 1956) is a Romanian politician, who has served as the mayor of Iaşi since 2003, and suspended (as of May 2015) over allegations of corruption.[1] A member of the Social Democratic Party, Nichita is the national vice-president of the party, and the leader of the party’s county organization.[2]

Personal life

Nichita was born in Dorohoi, and trained in Engineering at the Politehnica University in Bucharest (1976–1979), in Economics at the University of Iaşi (1982–1987), and in Hydrotechnics at the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University (1991–1995), and has been employed by the Iaşi public administration since 1979.[3]

Political career

In 1995-2000, Nichita was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1996-1998, and 2000-2003, he was also a member of the city council.[4] Nichita made two unsuccessful runs for mayor of Iași, in 1996, and 2000.[4]

In 2000, Nichita switched to the Social Democratic Party, and three years later became the interim mayor after his predecessor, Constantin Simirad (in office 1991-2003), was appointed Romanian ambassador to Cuba by President Ion Iliescu.[4] In 2004, he was elected as the mayor of Iaşi, and then re-elected in 2008 and 2012.

Corruption allegations

On 1 May 2015, Gheorghe Nichita had been detained during the night by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), after more than seven hours of hearings on suspicion of abuse of office. Next day, a court ruled he would be investigated under judicial control, meaning he is banned from leaving the city and has to report to police.[2][5] On 9 May 2015, Gheorghe Nichita had been placed under house arrest.[6]

Gheorghe Nichita is suspected that he abused his position by using local police officers to spy and report on rivals and his girlfriend. Three senior local police officers were also detained. Prosecutors said Nichita abusively obtained confidential information, using police and city hall employees, for personal gain.[7]

On 22 May 2015, Nichita was suspended from his job as mayor of the city.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Nichita has been suspended (Romanian)
  2. ^ a b Iasi Mayor Gheorghe Nichita, detained by DNA at romaniajournal.ro
  3. ^ Gheorghe Nichita biography
  4. ^ a b c Gheorghe Nichita, primar de 12 ani la Iaşi, implicat în mai multe scandaluri, cel mai cunoscut al tăierii teilor (Romanian)
  5. ^ Romanian Iasi Mayor, local police head, detained for corruption at romania-insider.com
  6. ^ Gheorghe Nichita, investigated under house arrest at antena3.ro
  7. ^ Romanian mayor suspected of using police to spy on rivals at washingtonpost.com

External links

  • Gheorghe Nichita's blog
  • (Romanian) Gheorghe Nichita va fi primar interimar al Iasului
  • (Romanian) Gheorghe Nichita, în an electoral: 70.000 RON, în depozite, şi o maşină nou-nouţă, în garaj
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