Omar Hayssam filed with the High Court of Cassation and Justice a challenge asking for the retrial of the kidnap case where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for abducting three journalists in Iraq. The appeal for annulment was lodged on August 1 and the first hearing was set for January 24, 2014, the Supreme Court’s portal informs.
Hayssam also filed an appeal for annulment with the top court in another case – the “Volvo Truck” case – in which he was convicted for cheat. The hearing for the second application is January 15, 2014. In November 2012, the supreme court definitively sentenced Hayssam to 16 years of prison in the ‘Volvo’ case for a fraud in which he cheated four companies with the sum of EUR 1.6 M, by taking in leasing several pieces of equipment which he sent to companies he controlled in Syria and Egypt. On July 31, Omar Hayssam said in the Bucharest Tribunal, during the trial of the proposal to remand him for fraud and embezzlement, that he demands Romanian justice and international authorities to reopen all his cases, “so all truths can be learned.” “I want all my cases to be reopened, so all truths can be learned. (…) Let them be tried once again, so I can bring evidence, show all the truths, make everything known,” Hayssam said in the courtroom, quoted by Mediafax. Hayssam was sentenced by Romanian courts in four cases and was handed down 20 years in prison for the kidnapping of the journalists in Iraq, 16 years in prison in the “Volvo Truck” case, a 3-year prison sentence in the “Foresta Nehoiu” case and two years in prison for illegally crossing the border. The first three convictions are final. Hayssam managed to flee Romania in 2006, and was brought back to the country on July 19 this year.