A 30-day preventive arrest warrant was issued on Friday on the name of businessman Ovidiu Tender after more than eight hours of hearings at the Bucharest Tribunal on Thursday.

The hearings yesterday focused on a request by prosecutors to arrest Tender preventively in a case where he and fellow businessman Marian Iancu are charged with embezzlement money laundering and organized crime activities that led to a prejudice of hundreds of tens of millions dollars to the state budget.

Prosecutors ha requested the preventive arrest for fear Tender might leave the country to dodge the Romanian justice.

His attorneys announced today they already filed an appeal against the decision. But that didn’t prevent Tender from showing to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Romanian Police, where he is supposed to spend the 30-day arrest.