Police roundup in Dolj:
17 suspects searched
for human trafficking
Some 200 police officers of the Rapid Intervention Squad, accompanied by gendarmes, broke into 18 homes of Bailesti (Dolj County) yesterday morning, to apprehend 17 people suspected of human trafficking. According to Adrian Gluga, chief-prosecutor of DIICOT – the Craiova Territorial Service, the trafficking network took its victims to Italy, forcing them to become prostitutes and beggars. According to Mediafax, two suspects were able to escape and police had to bring a helicopter for the search. They were however caught shortly after leaving the town. Out of the 17 suspects, prosecutors were able to catch 11 and are still looking for the missing 6. Prosecutors decided to launch the roundup yesterday morning, because they knew the members of the network would gather in Bailesti for a wedding, and even the groom was taken in custody.
equipment acquired with Japanese support
Two grant agreements through which the Japanese government is giving Alba County Emergency Hospital and Alba County Association of Livestock Breeders a total of non-repayable assistance of EUR 140,000 were signed by Ambassador Natsuo Amemiya and the two beneficiaries’ representatives at Alba Iulia, yesterday. A press release sent to ‘Nine O’Clock’ shows that, out of the 300 applications made in the framework of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots/Human Security Projects programme in Romania, the Japanese government has selected only three financing applications including the two from Alba and one from Bucharest. “The Japanese Embassy believes the donations will contribute to improved surgical treatment conditions in Alba and will help local farming sector perform better,” the Japanese envoy said.
Premier Boc loses aunt in car accident
An aunt of Premier Emil Boc, Floarea Abrudan, died on Monday afternoon, at the age of 74, in a crash triggered by an inebriated driver. The old woman was leaving the Rachitele village, where she had visited her sister – the prime minister’s mother. According to the village’s deputy mayor, Gheorghe Capota, the woman was hit by a car driven by Viorel Mihut, brother of local Mountain Rescue Service chief Florin Mihut.
S&P revises Transgaz
rating to stable
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) financial rating agency revised Transgaz Medias company’s rating from negative to stable, as a consequence of its similar decision in what concerns Romania’s country rating, Mediafax reports. Transgaz’s rating for long-term RON-denominated credits was confirmed at BBB-, while its rating for credits denominated in foreign currencies was confirmed at BB+, an S&P release shows. “The decision to revise Transgaz’s outlook follows the decision to do the same for Romania, as a consequence of the successful implementation of the state’s financial consolidation program,” S&P analyst Tania Tsoneva said. Transgaz’s rating continues to reflect its solid monopoly position, the predictable flux of liquidity generated by natural gas transport and the company’s robust financial situation.
Supreme Court clears Judge Andreea Ciuca
The magistrates of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) ruled yesterday to clear judge Andree Ciuca of all corruption charges brought against her.
The Supreme Court did not find the constitutive elements of the crime the magistrate is accused of, Agerpres reports. The decision is final. Andreea Ciuca, former president of the Mures Tribunal, was arrested on June 5, 2003, after she was caught in the act of receiving ROL 210 M from the owner of SC Premaco SA company, Alexandru Viorel Tibrea.
Dinu Patriciu’s barristers challenge judge in Rompetrol trial
Businessman Dinu Patriciu’s barristers yesterday challenged Rompetrol trial judge Constantin Marino Marin in the Bucharest Tribunal, Agerpres reported. Solicitors argue that the judge is incompatible with the case as his brother, Stelian Barna, is a prominent leader of Democrat Liberal Party’s Ilfov branch. The defence decided to challenge the judge after he declined an exception they had taken yesterday. Like on previous court dates, barristers tried to have proceedings postponed, claiming the Rompetrol case had not been randomly allocated to judge Marin as procedures require, but rather by decision of the Bucharest Tribunal’s leading college.
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Police roundup in Dolj: