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December 1, 2021
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Sorin Ovidiu Vintu, new prison sentence

Sorin Ovidiu Vintu was sentenced by the Bucharest tribunal to a new term of two years in prison, for favouring Nicolae Popa, while Octavian Turcan was sent behind bars for a year in the same case, but he was paroled. Vintu’s driver, Alexandru Stoian was sentenced by the same tribunal to one year and a half in prison, paroled. The verdict is not final and may be appealed by both sides – defendants and prosecutors – at the Bucharest Court of Appeals.While he was out of country, Popa received a sentence of 15 years in prison, for fraud, in 2006, together with Ioana Maria Vlas, for the collapse of the ‘Fondul National de Investitii’ investment fund in year 2000, which left more than 100,000 Romanians without their savings and forced the Romanian state, which had guaranteed for the assets, to pay compensations worth approximately EUR 100 M. Shortly after the collapse of the fund, in May 2000, Popa left the country. Almost two years later, Romanian authorities issued an internatinal arrest warrant on his name. Based on the evidence in the case, prosecutors decided that during October 2009 – January 2010, Sorin Ovidiu Vintu sent two tranches of EUR 50,000 and EUR 20,000 out of the total sum of EUR 200,000 “agreed with Popa Nicolae.” Accurding to the accusation act, after Popa was arrested, on 2 December 2009, Vintu and Stoian “conducted actions aimed at supporting criminal Nicolae Popa, with the purpose of hampering his extradition to Romania.” Sorin Ovidiu Vintu is currently serving a sentence of one year, for blackmailing and threatening Sebastian Ghita.

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