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May 13, 2021

Necolaiciuc had Venezuelan ID, travel documents when arrested

The former head of the Romanian Railway Company, Mihai Necolaiciuc, had identification and travel documents issued by Venezuela when he was captured by US marshals and immigration officers, according to Mediafax. Necolaiciuc is sought in Romania and internationally for embezzling about EUR 50 M from the Railway Company’s funds while he was in office.

Necolaiciuc was arrested in the US for violating immigration legislation, a week after two Romanian central dailies reported that the former railway manager was hiding in the US and that American authorities had ignored Romanian police requests to arrest him.

A document to the Interpol Bucharest office from the US voices regret that US authorities did not inform their Romanian counterparts of the ongoing investigation against Necolaiciuc.

“Our main concern was to prevent Necolaiciuc’s departure from the US,” the document reads. Necolaiciuc is currently in custody of the Migration and Customs Department. “Because we are not sure how long we can keep him under arrest on the current charges, we encourage our Romanian colleagues to file a temporary arrest request (…) by normal diplomatic channels,” according to the same source.

After Necolaiciuc was arrested in the US last week, the Romanian Justice Ministry said it had filed an extradition request with the US Justice Department in February 2008.

The extradition procedure filed by the Justice Ministry was confidential and this is why the Romanian Interpol office did not know of the extradition request, according to the same source.

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