Daniel and Matthias tell you about their experiences in the Romanian house arrest system.
Before they were finally granted right to house arrest, they were kept in prison for one and a half years, instead of a couple of days or hours.
(Pre-trial detention can only last a couple of months at most.)
Anyway, foreigners are intentionally not placed under house arrest; the authorities shamelessly take advantage of the fact that tourists do not know the law and the prerequisites.
Furthermore, corrupt authorities are afraid that arrested tourists (arrested for the authorities’ financial benefit) will disappear or have the opportunity to reveal a violation by the government.