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Tiriac Jr. seeks EUR 1.3 M in state damages

Businessman Ion Tiriac’s son is asking for material and moral damages, claiming he was harassed by prosecutors in 2004 in the ‘Cocaine for VIPs’ row. Ion Alexandru Tiriac is asking for EUR 1.3 M. He has also opened two actions at the ECHR.


Ion Alexandru Tiriac (34) is asking Bucharest Court judges to force the Romanian state to pay him EUR 1,253,558 and RON 126,648 in damages for the material and moral prejudices it caused when detaining him for 9 hours on June 23, 2004.


Likewise, Tiriac Jr. also invokes the June 24 – November 4, 2004, period during which he was not allowed to leave the country. He filed to court dozens of documents from the ‘Cocaine for VIPs’ file, a file in which he was investigated for drug trafficking, illicit consumption of drugs and making his home a drug consumers’ haven.


“On June 23, 2004, while I was within the ‘Henri Coanda’ Airport, I was detained and not allowed to leave the country, being confined to a Border Police room, without being told the reason and without being presented any document that would prove the adoption of this decision,” Tiriac Jr. points out in the request he filed to court. After being detained Tiriac Jr. was taken to the General Prosecutor’s Office. “I underline that I was not allowed to leave the Office although I was not informed of the reasons for my detainment and I was not shown any document that ordered my detainment,” Tiriac Jr. adds. On June 24 he was called in for hearings, that being the moment when the prosecutor in charge of his case issued the order to have him detained for nine hours. That same day the prosecutor also issued an order that forbade him to leave the country in the following 30 days. The interdiction was successively extended until November 4, 2004. On November 12, 2004, Tiriac Jr. was summoned to court. He was definitively acquitted on October 14, 2009.

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