The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided, yesterday, the release of all the 48 customs inspectors from the Siret Checkpoint arrested, three months ago, for acts of corruption. The decision surprised the prosecutors, the more so as the Suceava Court of Appeal had decided, last Friday, that only 23 of them should be released for the time of the investigation. As regards the remaining 25, including Aurel Anea, the former chief of the Siret Customs Office, the Suceava court had decided to extend, by another 60 days, the preventive arrest measure.
The high court not only rejected the prosecutors’ appeal to the decision to release 23 of the defendants, but also released the remaining others, who should have been kept in custody. The prosecutors and defence lawyers are waiting now the high court’s motivation, suspecting it might have been a procedural error of the Suceava Court of Appeal. The first hearing in the Siret lot corruption case is scheduled for May 12.