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Banca Transilvania Cluj robber gets 17 years

Adrian Hosu, one of the two young men who robbed Banca Transilvania in Cluj in February 2009, was sentenced to 17 years in prison Tuesday, while his partner in crime, Bogdan Baciu, was acquitted of the charges. Hosu shall also pay damages worth RON 246,000 to the bank’s insurer. The verdict is challengeable on appeal within ten days since it was pronounced. “The sentence is bizarre and we will challenge it on appeal, in Hosu’s case,” Tiberiu Ban, the lawyer for the two defendants, said, who added that there is no evidence to incriminate Hosu either, which should have resulted in he too being exonerated of the charges against him. On February 13, 2009, the Banca Transilvania branch in the Cluj-Napoca district of Manastur was robbed by two men who stole the RON equivalent of nearly 70,000 euro. The suspected robbers, Hosu and Baciu, were arrested in January 2010 on robbery charge.

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