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September 30, 2020

DNA wants prison sentence for Becali in MoD land exchange case

A DNA prosecutor asked the High Court of Cassation and Justice yesterday  to hand down a custodial sentence in the case of MP George Becali for accessory to abuse of office against public interests in the case involving the exchange of  land with MoD.

The High Court finalised debates in the case of the exchange of land between George Becali and the Ministry of Defence and, in the final plea, the representative of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) asked for custodial sentences for all defendants: George Becali, ex-Defence Minister Victor Babiuc, Dumitru Cioflina – former Chief of the General Staff and MoD Secretary of State, and Ioana Cristina Babiuc, the daughter of ex-Minister Victor Babiuc. In addition, the prosecutor asked for an additional punishment – military degradation of Dumitru Cioflina and the payment by the defendants of damages to the Ministry of Finance – George Becali and Dumitru Cioflina – USD 423,000, George Becali and Victor Babiuc – USD 448,000, representing the difference of value between the two plots exchanged with MoD; George Becali and Dumitru Cioflina – USD 21,000, representing

The prosecutor said George Becali and the other defendants had been wrongly acquitted by the previous Court that had not considered various evidence on the file. In the opinion of the DNA, the offences allegedly committed by Becali will fall under the statute of limitation in June 2014 and June-July 2013 in the case of the rest of the defendants. The lawyers are now to hold their closing pleas and the Court will then adjourn pending a sentence. George Becali and Victor Babiuc are not in Court, the latter invoking health reasons.  George Becali was prosecuted by DNA for accessory to the offence of grievous and continued abuse of office against public interests and Victor Babiuc, former Minister of National Defence from 1997 to 2000, for abuse of office against public interests and bribery. Dumitru Cioflina is accused of grievous abuse of office against public interests and Ioana Cristina Babiuc, the former minister’s daughter, of accessory to bribery. The Prosecution claim the state lost approximately USD 900,000 from the two exchanges of property.

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