The motivation given for the release is in contradiction with the grounds for his arrest, according to which he was a public menace. Vintu spent a week in prison.
The magistrates who ruled in favour of tycoon Sorin Ovidiu Vintu’s release publicly presented, yesterday, the motivation for their ruling. In it, the judges state that the aid given to Nicolae Popa is a mere supposition, which did not justify Vintu’s and the other two defendants’ being kept in custody. At the same time, the panel of judges at the Bucharest Court of Appeal, led by Viorica Costiniu, argues that the prosecutors did not have the necessary documents and evidence to prove that Vintu had assisted Popa in leaving the country.
Judges also criticize the fact that the three defendants had not been rated a public menace last year, when Nicolae Popa was arrested in Indonesia. At the same time, magistrates argue there is no solid evidence proving the businessman had influenced those called to testify. Furthermore, the court considers that Vintu is no longer able to influence the course of the investigation, as procedures to extradite Nicolae Popa are already in their final stage. “There aren’t sufficient and reasonable grounds to think that, out of custody, the defendants may commit other acts in violation of the criminal code,” is further stated in the motivation given by the Bucharest Court of Appeal.