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Former ADS director, sentenced to six years in prison

The Bucharest Court sentenced former general director of the State Domains Agency (ADS), Daniel Dragan to six years in prison without parole, for an illegal retrocession. Though Dragan’s lawyers challenged the sentence in a higher court, the decision reveals a real mechanism of state fraud, with patronage at the highest level of a government agency. As ADS director, Daniel Dragan issued on July 26, 2007 a decision for giving 147.14 hectares of land in the Popesti-Leordeni commune near Bucharest, as compensation to a certain Constantin Nicolaide for a building that could not be returned to him. According to DNA prosecutors, Dragan thus brought the state a prejudice worth some EUR 80 M. Furthermore, the court sentence shows that, in 2007, Constantin Nicolaide was in no position to claim the building, because in 2006 he had transferred his rights towards a third-party, namely Maria Nicolaescu.

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