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August 4, 2021

Rompetrol case defendants refuse to be heard by court

Dinu Patriciu and the other co-defendants in the Rompetrol case refused to be heard by the Bucharest Tribunal court yesterday, arguing that the required legal conditions were not met as the prosecutors had not submitted all the evidence in the case, according to ‘Romania Libera’ online daily.

Patriciu and seven co-defendants said the prosecutors had been refusing to add to file all the evidence they had with the pretext of being secret. The next appearance date set by the court is March 5. On September 8, 2006, the prosecutors had completed investigations in the Rompetrol case, actually the part of the case concerned with the Libya receivables and manipulation of the stock exchange, and referred businessman Dinu Patriciu to court on seven counts: setting up organized crime group, grievous money laundering, association with the intention of committing criminal offences, fraud, embezzlement and disclosure of secret information. Eleven other people were sent to trial in the same case, including four representatives of the National Securities Commission and ex-Communications Minister Sorin Pantis (PNL).

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