US to extradite Necolaiciuc

US authorities have accepted the Romanian Justice Ministry’s request to issue an arrest warrant for the extradition of Mihai Necolaiciuc, the former head of the Romanian Railway Company, which is sought for embezzling over USD 110 M from the company’s funds.

The Justice Ministry said in a press release yesterday that American authorities have already issued an arrest warrant in Necolaiciuc’s name on June 22 and will extradite him to Romania. The ministry underlined that it would continue cooperation with American authorities until Necolaiciuc is extradited and thanked the National Anticorruption Department, the Bucharest District 1 Judge Hall, the Romanian Embassy to the US and internal affairs attachés for their help on the case.

Separately, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu confirmed that an arrest warrant for Necolaiciuc’s extradition was issued in the US, but warned that “the next steps are dependent on American laws exclusively and naturally consist of the enforcement of this warrant,” according to Realitatea TV. Predoiu also warned that extradition is normally a lengthy process. As for Necolaiciuc’s right to challenge the extradition measure, the minister explained that under American laws, Necolaiciuc has every right to do this and that this situation will be clarified “with our American colleagues”.

Necolaiciuc has been sought by Romanian authorities and the Interpol since 2004, in relation to the embezzlement of over USD 110 M from the Romanian Railway Company. He was arrested last week in the US, following several reports in the Romanian media saying that Necolaiciuc was hiding in the US. The former Railway Company manager was detained for having violated US immigration laws. He has not yet appeared in front of a judge to plead his case.

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