Necolaiciuc subpoenaed at US detention site

Mihai Necolaiciuc was sent a summons at his detention site in the United State, in a case involving the damage he caused to Romanian National Railway operator SNCFR.

The Bucharest District 1 Court of Law ascertained yesterday that the summoning procedure was not carried out in Necolaiciuc case, saying it received an address from the Justice Ministry over the arrest in the United State of America of the former SNCFR director. Therefore, the court decided to send him a subpoena at his detention site, along with a copy of the indictment against him.

The case has been pending since February 16, 2009, when the former SNCFR director general was put on trial by prosecutors with the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA), alongside five other people, among whom former directors at the company, on charges on abuse of authority against public interests.

Also on trial, Mihail Gabriel Misir, a former commercial director at SNCFR, and Viorica Olaeru, a former director with the company’s Economic Department, Investigators established that during 2002-2003, in his capacity as director general of SNCFR, Mihai Necolaiciuc allegedly signed 23 procurement orders of parts for railway installations to SC General Com Electrica SA Bucuresti. The orders are supposed to be illegal given there are no documents to prove the procurements were required indeed. The orders bypassed standard public procurement procedures and contracts, anti-corruption prosecutors say. Consequently, Necolaiciuc allegedly signed payment instruments worth 55.6 billion Lei (RON 5.56 M) the equivalent of useless, overpriced equipment, and accepted other persons to illegally sign such payment instruments.

The damage incurred to SNCF came to 71.6 bln Lei (RON 7.16 M), over which SNCFR has become a civil party in the case.

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