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“Suitcase” lawsuit suspended by Court

Works on the “Suitcase” lawsuit, in which Gigi Becali, owner of Steaua Bucharest football club, is charged with bribe and forgery was suspended yesterday. The High Court of Appeals and Justice (ICCJ) ruled to advance it to Constitutional Court, Mediafax informs. The judges have not set a deadline in the case. MEP Gigi Becali was sent to court in December 2008 in the “Suitcase” file, facing bribe giving and forgery charges. Other trial subjects in the case were considered Teia Sponte, Alina Florentina Ciul, Victor Piturca, Radu Gheorghe Marino and Raul Volcinschi . According to an indictment drafted by prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Division (DNA), on May 11, 2006, Steaua club financier had allegedly promised each player of “Gloria 1922 Bistrita” Club amounts between EUR 5,000 and 10,000 so “they fulfill professional duties stipulated in their labor contracts, internal club regulations and the Romanian Football Federation regulations.” Basically, Bistrita players were asked to correctly defend their chances and obtain favorable result in the match with Rapid Bucuresti from May 12, 2006.


Two years later, between May 4-7, 2008, Becali has allegedly offered EUR 1,700,000 to Universitatea Cluj” players enlisted for the leg 34 match counting for the National Football Championship – League 1. Thus he promised around EUR 100,000 per player, for correct fulfillment of professional duties that lead to a winning result in the game against “CFR 1907 Cluj,” DNA stressed. The EUR 1.7 M found in Teia Sponte’s suitcase was seized through court rule on May 8, 2008.

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