The chief of Romanian Police, Quaestor Liviu Popa said Wednesday that Police believe Dinel Staicu crossed the border to Hungary last Sunday, and from there he took a plane “to another destination.” “This is just a lead, which we are checking now,” Popa said on B1 TV. According to the Police official, Staicu did not have time to obtain a passport with his new name – Dinel Nutu – and was only issued a new ID card, two days before fleeing Romania, on April 1st. According to legal sources quoted by Mediafax, a European arrest warrant was issued in his name and the businessman will be sought with the help of the Interpol as well.
Craiova-based businessman Dinel Staicu was sentenced Monday, by the Bucharest Court of Appeals, to seven years in prison, for his role in the fraud that forced the International Bank of Religions (BIR) into bankruptcy. As Staicu went on the run, an arrest warrant was issued for him. Staicu changed his name into Nutu and was issued a new ID card on April 1st.