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Today, final verdict in “The Transfers’ File”

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) continued last Friday the debates on the controversial ‘Dossier of Transfers’ – which might bring long prison sentences to many important people from the top structures of Romanian football – and announced that it will pronounce the final verdict today, Monday, May 20. In the worst case scenario for the defendants, ICCJ might confirm the sentence given by the Bucharest Court of Appeals: Cristi Borcea, former owner of the club Dinamo Bucharest – 7 years in prison for fraud with very serious consequences, tax evasion and money laundering; Mihai Stoica, manager Steaua – 4 years for fraud with very serious consequences, tax evasion and money laundering; Ioan Becali, agent – 8 years for fraud with very serious consequences and tax evasion; Victor Becali, agent – 7 years for fraud with very serious consequences and tax evasion; Gica Popescu (agent and former glory of Romanian football in the ’90s), Gigi Netoiu (former owner of U Craiova and shareholder in Dinamo) and Jean Padureanu (majority shareholder in Gloria Bistrita) – 3 years (suspended) for fraud with very serious consequences and tax evasion. They are all accused of being involved in illegal transfers of players during 1994-2005.
According to experts quoted by ziare.com it would be a surprise if ICCJ returned the case to court, or postponed the verdict once again.
This weekend, PM Victor Ponta said in an interview with ProTV, that he wishes Gica Popescu is not humiliated through a possible sentence. “If they made mistakes, and I understand this is about tax evasion, they must pay, but a sportsman like Gica Popescu should be spared humiliation. I would not be happy to see him in prison,” Ponta said. This is Victor Ponta’s second statement on the Dossier of Transfers. At the beginning of this year, Ponta said that “I would forgive everything to Gica Popescu.”

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