Hearings in ICA case to be continued August 4


A new hearing date for witness testimonies has been set on August 4 in the Food Research Institute (ICA) privatization case, in connection with which the defendants were questioned for ten hours on Monday. Furthermore, Dan Voiculescu’s request for change of venue from the Bucharest Court of Appeals to a different court will be settled Friday, after the Supreme Court admitted the request for a different hearing date from September 24.
On Thursday, the Bucharest Court will decide whether or not the judicial control imposed on Dan Voiculescu in his other pending trial regarding blackmail charges will be lifted. On Tuesday, the Bucharest Court tried Dan Voiculescu’s challenge against the judicial control measure imposed by DNA prosecutors in the new trial. The business man is accused of blackmail after allegedly threatening – directly or indirectly – three businesspeople, one of whom concluded advertisement contracts worth EUR 900,000 with Voiculescu’s press trusts.
“I told the court I didn’t know them, and if you haven’t met someone in person you can’t blackmail them. It’s absurd and I think the judge understood,” the magnate stated as he was leaving the court room. Voiculescu also noted that if the court decides to lift the judicial control measure, he will not go on holiday because people take vacations “when they are relaxed, not wound-up,” and also, he continued, because an offensive has been launched and he will remain “on the battlefield.” “I’m staying because Mr. Basescu will probably scoop up something else, so I’ll be staying on the battlefield. He can always find new lies and force truths that have no connection with reality. He could even say I have heroin on me right now,” Voiculescu remarked.

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