Recent information hint to the fact that terrorist Omar Hayssam was deliberately allowed to escape Romania in the summer of 2006, with the help of Romanian authorities during the Traian Basescu regime. According to luju.ro, former DIICOT prosecutor Ciprian Nastasiu unveiled that right after he ran abroad, Omar Hayssam called him and said about then minister of Interior, Vasile Blaga: “Perhaps he forgot what I brought to his car trunk… EUR 300,000.” DGIPI accused that it was ordered to stand down in the Hayssam case. The Border Police of Constanta Port allowed Hayssam escape aboard a ship. Both structures were led by Blaga. In his book ‘Preying on Romania’ (Pradarea Romaniei), written in 2009 jointly with Romanian-American writer Victor Gaetan, former DIICOT prosecutor Ciprian Nastasiu, currently lawyer with the Bucharest Bar, made a sensational revelation. Nastasiu was the prosecutor who, during 2005-2007, instrumented in DIICOT all the cases involving the Syrian national Omar Hayssam. He intervened in April 2006 to judge Sofica Dumitrascu of the Bucharest Court of Appeals, with the approval of his chiefs, in favour of releasing the terrorist from remand, because he had cancer with multiple metastases.
Back to the story about prosecutor Ciprian Nastasiu, who was in charge of the Omar Hayssam case, the magistrate wrote and recorded the discussion in which the Syrian speaks about PDL leader Vasile Blaga. The information was made public Sunday, during the Subiectiv show on Antena 3. Ciprian Nastasiu claims that he recorded on his phone the conversation during which Omar Hayssam told him, in an aggressive voice, about the close collaborator of Traian Basescu, the minister of Interior Vasile Blaga: “Perhaps he forgot what I brought to his car trunk at the ministry!” Omar said that he paid EUR 300,000 to buy the vigilance of some people who were monitoring him, at the end of June.” According to a DGIPI report, “starting 27.11.2005, the General Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection was removed from any procedural or operative activity” in the Omar case. Later, in April 2006, the Syrian was set free and left the country the same year.
Also yesterday, the brother of Omar Hayssam told judges how he was arrested in Baghdad after the abduction of Romanian journalists. Mahmud Omar yesterday underwent a hearing in the Court of Appeals, in the trial that has Mohamad Munaf accused of terrorism. Mahmud Omar told judges that in 2005, immediately after the abduction of the three Romanian journalists, he went to Baghdad, where he was questioned by Iraqi authorities for 50 days. He added that during this whole interval, he was chained and blindfolded. Carmen Omar, the sister-in-law of Hayssam, recollected during the same hearing that she has not spoken with Adela Omar since she left the country for Lebanon, 10 days ago. Mohamad Munaf was sentenced to death by hanging in October 2006, in Iraq, along 5 other people, for the kidnapping of the Romanian journalists.
The Bucharest Tribunal (TB) justified the decision to remand Omar Hayssam by the fact that he fraudulently left the Romanian territory and, if released, he could once again escape prosecution and influence the other defendants. TB made public the motivation of the decision by which it ordered the remand of Omar Hayssam on August 2, in a case of embezzlement and fraud. TB explains that Omar Hayssam illegally left Romania and, through the attitude he adopted and the actions he undertook, “he aimed at escaping prosecution and even judgment, as the presence now is not voluntary.” “These elements equally converge to suggesting the risk that such a conduct might be repeated if the a remand warrant were not issued, as the existence of prison sentences based on other definitive court verdicts is not of nature to remove such a peril,” explained the TB magistrate in the justification, mentioning that final court orders can be subject to extraordinary appeals or the procedure that refers to repeating the trial after extradition, regulated by art. 522/1 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The judge that ordered the remand of Omar Hayssam in the case of embezzlement mentioned that, if the Syrian were set free, he could have influenced the other defendants.