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September 25, 2021

Rafo case judge promoted to High Court

Two other magistrates were promoted to the High Court yesterday: Niculina Alexandru with the Bucharest Court of Appeal, who acquitted Corneliu Iacubov in the Rafo case, and Lucian Sandel Macavei with the Cluj Court of Appeal. The plenum of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) yesterday interviewed the candidates for the four vacancies at the Criminal Section of the supreme court. The total number of candidates for promotion to the supreme court was 29. According to Mediafax, Lucian Sandel Macavei and Niculina Alexandru were promoted with a majority of votes among the members of the Council. Niculina Alexandru adjudicated the Rafo case at the Bucharest Tribunal, acquitting the defendant, Corneliu Iacubov. The Prosecution has contested the acquittal and the case is now pending in the Court of Appeal of Bucharest. One of the candidates was Justice Secretary of State Alina Bica. As a prosecutor, she dealt with the Rafo case at the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Justice. Dana Titian, former adviser to the prosecutor general and currently a judge at the Alba-Iulia Court of Appeal, as well as Constantin Sima, a member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Prosecutors of Romania, also wanted to sit in the High Court.

The four vacancies were also wanted by the presidents of the criminal departments of the Tribunal of Bucharest – Anne Mary Antoanela Costache and Constantin Marino Marin, the judge who bailed out Gigi Becali.

The total number of candidates competing to be promoted to the four departments of the supreme court was 58.

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