Businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu was brought to the Bucharest Tribunal on Friday to be heard in the case in which he is accused of aiding an abetting an offender. According to the indictment, Vintu helped ex Gelsor manager Nicolae Popa hide in Indonesia, in order to evade serving a 15-year jail sentence for his role in a Ponzi scheme. Popa was sentenced in 2006 for the collapse of the National Investment Fund (FNI), which left hundreds of thousands without their savings.
Journalist Corina Dragotescu and Catalin Popa, former editorial director of Realitatea TV, were also heard in the case, according to Mediafax.
The court hearing came as earlier this week, Vintu was taken into preventive custody for 29 days together with Petrom union leader Liviu Luca and eight other people on charges of misappropriation and money laundering in the controlled bankruptcy of Petrom Service. Their appeal to the remand ordered will be discussed today by the Bucharest Court of Appeals.