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August 2, 2021

High Court judge heard as witness in ‘Mironescu group’ case

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) judge George Barbalata was heard, yesterday, by the anti-corruptions prosecutors, as a witness in the “Mironescu group” case. Sources in the judiciary, quoted by Mediafax, stated that judge Barbalata, a spokesperson for the High Court, had testified in the case regarding illegal imports in the Constanta Harbour, in which 30 people are investigated, 28 in preventive arrest. According to the aforementioned sources, Barbalata was heard, as a witness, in relation to several photographs found following the search conducted on computers seized from the Constanta Harbour, from the office of the company Container Clearance Services SRL, whose manager was Aurelian Pilca, one of the objects of this investigation. The photographs seem to indicate that the magistrate was within a group of approximately 30 people, including Hua Le Duc, a Romanian-Vietnamese citizen, suspected of money-laundering and deferred to justice in another case. The photos were taken about five years ago, while the judge was on holiday. The lawyers who took part in the hearing claim that Georgeta Barbalata told the prosecutors that she was unaware of the circumstances accounting for Hua Le Duc’s presence there and denied she knew the man personally. In the case regarding illegal imports in the Constanta Harbour, the anti-corruption prosecutors investigate 30 people, out of whom 28 are in preventive arrest, one received an arrest warrant in absentia and the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) Senator Mircea Marius Banias is banned from leaving the country for 29 days.

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