Cristian Panait was a Romanian public prosecutor who, on April 10, 2002, jumped to his death from his apartment after reportedly coming under pressure to prosecute another justice official.

The Suicide

In spring 2002 Cristian Panait was pressured by his bosses into investigating a colleague who had prosecuted the son of a former prefect in Bihor county for petrol smuggling. It was claimed that political interference at a high level was influencing seniors in the prosecution office to force Panait to make the investigation. Panait refused to submit to such demands and his superiors took the case away from him. Despite this, Panait wrote a non-indictment decision on his colleague and turned it into the office. His superiors then took away all his cases. Arguably, a large conspiracy surrounded Panait to demonstrate to him that he was schizophrenic and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. [1]


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