The Bucharest Tribunal accepted on Thursday a prosecutors’ request to extend the preventive arrest of businessman Ovidiu Tender for another month as he is investigated under embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and other charges that allegedly produced losses of 2,700 ROL to the state budget.

Tender, who is investigated along another businessman, Marian Iancu, for their involvement in the regionally known Rafo case, will thus have to remain under arrest as the inquiry continues. But his legal representatives challenged the court decision to the Appeals Court.

Tender was arrested on March 3, 2006.