The first court date in the proceedings of the case of real estate fraud worth almost EUR 1 M against Mihail Boldea, the DIICOT prosecutor asked for the case to be moved from the High Court of Cassation and Justice and heard by the Galati Court of Appeal instead, as the defendant was no longer a member of Parliament, Mediafax reports. The judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) started hearing the case where ex-MP Mihail Boldea was sent to trial by the prosecutors of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Galati. The DIICOT prosecutor raised an exception, pointing out that the Supreme Court no longer had jurisdiction over the case because Mihail Boldea had stopped being a member of the Parliament. The case was referred to the High Court because, at the time, Boldea was an MP. Mihail Boldea, currently incarcerated in Galati, last week sent his letter of resignation as a member of the lower Chamber of the Parliament and, on September 25, the Chamber accepted it and vacated the post as deputy representing the electoral district number nine – Galati. The DIICOT prosecutor noted that, Mihail Boldea being no longer a member of Parliament, the jurisdiction over the offences he had been charged with moved to the Galati Court of Appeal. The prosecutor asked ICCJ to decline its jurisdiction in favour of the Galati Court.Mihail Boldea was referred to court at the end of June by the DIICOT Galati prosecutors in a case involving real estate fraud worth approximately EUR 1 M. Apart from Boldea, 18 other people appear in the same case, all charged with fraud with exceptionally grievous consequences, forgery of written documents and uttering. According to the prosecutors, the defendants were coordinated by the leader of the criminal group, Mihail Boldea.