Five people were remanded for 29 day by the Bacau Court of Appeal Saturday evening over the assassination attempt on Bogdan Mararu, a local underworld figure in Piatra Neamt.
Three people were caught while trying to place an army bomb disposal at Piatra Neamt under the car of local underworld boss Bogdan Mararu, the brother of Gheorghita Mararu, who was killed in November 2010. The three were members of a gang specializing in killings, aggravated criminal damage and acts of terrorism. The group members also intended to set ablaze two Piatra Neamt shopping centers owned by another two persons. Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) spokesman Sorin Sava announced that it took a couple of hours for the bomb to be deactivated and the bomb device placed under the car was set to go off when the car was turned on. “The explosive was detached from under the car by bomb disposal experts with the SRI Anti-Terrorism Brigade,” Sava also said, according to whom the SRI found under the car “a kilogram of foreign-made plastic explosive”. The explosive found is equivalent to 5.5 kilograms of trinitrotoluene (TNT), and the deflagration would have been felt across a surface area of 350 square meters, Mediafax quoted judicial sources as saying. The car bombing attempt happened in an area where the Finance Department, County Hospital, two churches and a bank are located. The whole area was sealed off and evacuated. After the incident, six people were taken to the Neamt Office of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate (DIICOT) of whom five were remanded. SRI spokesman Sorin Sava said that the suspects had been monitored by the SRI and the DIICOT since December of last year, and the SRI stepped in Friday morning to catch the perpetrators. Bogdan Mararu is the brother of Gheorghita Mararu, who was murdered in November 2010. On November 14, 2010, Gheorghita Mararu, a Neamt underworld leading figure, was killed in a coffee bar in Piatra Neamt, his killing triggering a wave of disclosures that lead to the biggest Interior Ministry scandal ever, which resulted in the dismissal of Petre Toba, the Romanian Police head at the time, and of State Secretary Dan Fatuloiu.