Romanian businessman Ovidiu Tender, who was rushed to hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday, was in a still critical state on Wednesday, according to medical sources. He’s been suffering of a severe heart condition for years.

Tender is the only businessman placed under preventive arrest in relation to a major organized crime scandal involving the RAFO refinery in eastern Romania. He has called for the preventive arrest order to be annulled on medical grounds, but judges rejected all his requests in this regard.

He was placed in preventive arrest by the end of March 2006 pending an investigation on his alleged involvement in money laundering, embezzlement and fraud.