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Necolaiciuc fights extradition with severe accusations

While in the United States fighting extradition procedures, Mihai Necolaiciuc brings severe accusations against Romanian authorities. In an official letter to Hillary Clinton, the former director of the Romanian Rail Authority writes that Bucharest wants to “silence him” given his opposition to a money-losing deal with Iran, “Romania Libera” daily newspaper reports.


Late last week, Necolaiciuc said he wanted to go to Romania and announced, through his lawyers, that he brings his fight against extradition to a halt. In the letter, the former CFR head explains why he has opposed extradition to Romania for the past 20 months and why he decided against challenging the decision anymore. “I have not contested the extradition in order to dodge justice. I’ve done it to bring the truth to surface, which is impossible to do in my native country.”


The truth in question refers to an alleged underground deal between CFR and Iranian authorities in 2001, which Necolaiciuc claims to have cancelled given it worked to the disadvantage of the Romanian state. “The reason behind the accusations against me is that I stood my ground against the Iranian government and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tehran’s mayor at the time,” Necolaiciuc wrote in the letter.


In the document opposing his extradition, Necolaiciuc says it all began with a contract signed in 2001 between the Railway Assets Administration Company (SAAF) and the Iranian government on the delivery of 10 locomotives for oil-tank trains. According to the document, upon CFR taking over the SAAF handled trains, Necolaiciuc learned that the Iranians didn’t make the corresponding payments, and therefore cancelled the deal. A short time later, Necolaiciuc was ordered to go to Iran, where Ahmadinejad expressed his wish to meet him. In the letter, the former CFR director says Viorel Hrebenciuc and Jordanian businessman Fathi Taher were also involved in the Iranian deal.

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