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June 23, 2021

Constanta Port case: Mironescu and three other suspects, set free

The former secretary general of MAI, Laurentiu Mironescu and three other suspects in the case of illegal business conducted through the port of Constanta, have been set free during the investigation and trial by a panel of five judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), which admitted their appeals against the preventive arrest measure.

The other three suspects set free are Liviu Bratu – deputy chief of the Constanta Sud Agigea Customs Office, Adrian Patrascu – police officer and chief of the ‘Naval group’ of the Border Police General Inspectorate, and Corneliu Paun. ICCJ last Saturday admitted prosecutors’ request to extend by 30 days the preventive arrest warrants against the 28 members of the ‘Mironescu group,’ involved in illegal imports through the port of Constanta. A total number of 30 people are being probed by anticorruption prosecutors in the case, of which 28 were arrested and another is missing. The group includes PDL Senator Mircea Marius Banias, who was prohibited to leave the country for 30 days, under the accusations of being part of an organised criminal group, influence peddling and instigation to theft. Prosecutors accuse the “Mironescu group” of aggravated corruption involving many influential people in high places. Eugen Bogatu, the former head of the Constanta Port Domains Department, is considered by prosecutors as the leader of the criminal group that conducted illegal affairs through Constanta Port. According to DNA investigators, the criminal group that operated in the port of Constanta deprived the state between EUR 50,000 and EUR 2 million per shipment.

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