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Former MP Bivolaru, detained for theft of oil products and tax evasion


The prosecutors were about to ask the Constanta Court to place Bivolaru and the other suspects under preventive arrest.
Former PDSR MP Gabriel Bivolaru was detained yesterday by prosecutors, along with several other persons, being suspected of theft of oil products, tax evasion and money laundering, judicial sources inform, being quoted by Mediafax. According to the aforementioned sources, Bivolaru and the other persons suspected in this case were caught red-handed by Constanta policemen on the night of Sunday to Monday, the law enforcement officers making use of their weapons in order to apprehend them.
The representatives of Constanta County’s Gendarmerie claim in a communiqué remitted to the press that 80 gendarmes and police officers took part on Saturday and Sunday in the action that sought to dismantle the group led by the former MP, several makeshift installations placed on Conpet pipelines and several tankers loaded with stolen oil being discovered. Six persons and three tankers, one of which contained 27 tons of oil, were discovered in Navodari. At the same time, following searches conducted in other parts of Constanta six other auto vehicles were impounded, including an utility vehicle that was fitted with nine tanks with a capacity of one ton each and a Renault Espace auto vehicle that had a tank with a capacity of one ton.
According to judicial sources, the company that Gabriel Bivolaru allegedly used in the oil business is owned by two offshore companies based in Cyprus, companies represented by his wife and daughter. The aforementioned sources stated that the former PDSR MP controls a company that is based in Navodari and that specializes in obtaining intermediary products by processing oil. According to the data registered at the National Registry of Commerce, the company is listed as operational but under “criminal investigation.” Sources from among the investigators have stated that the company controlled by Bivolaru was involved in commerce with counterfeit fuel.
This is not Gabriel Bivolaru’s first brush-up with the law. On April 1, 2004 the former PDSR MP was sent to jail after the High Court of Justice (ICCJ) sentenced him to five years in jail for causing a EUR 50 M damage to BRD. He was charged with forgery, fraud and tax evasion. On February 26, 2007 Bivolaru was released on parole as a result of an Arges Court decision, the court being of the opinion that the time he spent in jail was sufficient to reeducate him and the goal of the sentence was reached, the bonuses that the former MP illegally received being not his fault.
In March 2007 Gabriel Bivolaru was summoned at the High Court’s Prosecutor’s Office in order to be heard as a witness in the case that started as a result of former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase’s complaint against anticorruption investigators whom he accused of malfeasance in office for the way they handled the Zambaccian case.
Likewise, Gabriel Bivolaru’s name was also tied to the case concerning the trafficking of Dacian bracelets stolen in 2001 from the Sarmisegetuza Regia archaeological site. In that case, in which Adrian Nastase, Ioan Talpes, Dan Iosif and Sergiu Nicolaescu were also involved, verifications were made concerning the defendants’ possible involvement in the trafficking of Dacian bracelets. The prosecutors decided not to start criminal prosecution against them, being of the opinion that they cannot be charged with concealment in what concerns the disappearance of the Dacian bracelets.

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