Share this article Share Balint kept the lions and bears, as well as thoroughbred horses and canaries, at his high-walled and heavily guarded estate in the poorest part of Bucharest. There has been rumours of the estate being fitted with a torture chamber and Balint using the animals to strike fear in his opponents, claims which has been rubbished by his family.
In the jungle: A sedated lion is carried on a stretcher at the estate of Ion Balint, known to Romanians as Nutzu the Pawnbroker, before it is taken to the zoo Fearsome: Balint, arrested on charges of attempted murder, depriving people of their freedom, blackmail and illegally possessing weapons, dating lions a gang which controlled the Bucharest underworld Roar-manian style: Local press has reported Mr Balint used the animals to keep his enemies in check Earlier today, the lions and bears were sedated, put in cages and taken dating aussie a zoo by environmental authorities and animal welfare officers.
The animals, which generally appeared in good condition, may be eventually relocated in South Africa, animal welfare dating lions said. Bystanders and relatives who gathered near the gates of the estate described Balint as a good neighbour and an animal lover, and said they were not bothered by roaring lions.
He could dating lions a year in prison and a hefty fine for illegally keeping wild animals. Authorities allege that Balint and his brother Vasile headed a criminal network which controlled much of the underworld activity in Bucharest.
Some police and detectives were involved in the investigation which led to the arrest last week of 67 suspects, including the Balint brothers. InBalint was convicted of human trafficking, violence and pimping, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. That was reduced to six years but Balint was freed from prison after a year, and rode away on a black stallion.