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Nicolae Popa to be extradited further to Justice Ministry’s approval

Nicolae Popa, condemned in absence for defrauding over 100,000 persons in FNI file, and apprehended in Jakarta, will be extradited to Romania by the authorities from Jakarta. Thus, according to the publication Jakarta Globe, quoted by Mediafax, Brigadier General Radja Erisman, commander of Department on offences from the National Police of Indonesia, confirmed that the Police have contacted the Embassy of Romania from Jakarta and “informed its representatives that the necessary approaches have been made to send (Nicolae) Popa to Romania.”


He added that, before doing it, he awaits additional information from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and stressed that presently Popa is in custody at the National Police from the South of Jakarta capital city. “Popa has not perpetrated any offence in Jakarta. He is in Jakarta as a tourist. We arrested him because the Interpol issued a warrant of arrest in his name, at the request of the Romanian Police,” Radja declared. Nicolae Popa was arrested in early December, a thing that the Indonesian media did not report on. In exchange, the event was extensively covered by the Romanian media.


Indonesia does not have an extradition treaty with Romania. The Extradition Law, which dates back in 1979, stipulates that the applying country must send an official extradition request to the Ministry of Justice, through diplomatic channels and, in the absence of an extradition treaty between Indonesia and the applying country, the decision belongs to the President of the country.


Nicolae Popa was sentenced for fraud to 15 years in prison, through the final ruling of a court from Bucharest in 2006. A former manager of the Romanian financial group Gelsor, Popa was sentenced together with Ioana Maria Vlas for the collapse of the National Investment Fund (FNI) in 2000.


Over 100,000 persons lost the money invested in FNI, and the Romanian state, which guaranteed the investments, was obliged to pay them compensations worth over EUR 100 M.

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