Traian Berbeceanu, former Chief of the Brigade against Organized Crime (BCCO) of Alba Iulia, will be released from prison after the Supreme Court’s final sentence yesterday. The Court ruled that he may be investigated in relation to charges of supporting a group suspected of tax evasion without being detained. Judges at the High Court of Cassation and Justice have admitted Traian Berbeceanu’s appeal against the decision to extend the remand in custody warrant by 30 days, ruling that he can be released from prison. The Supreme Court has also banned Berbeceanu from leaving the country.
Traian Berbeceanu, former Chief of the Brigade against Organized Crime of Alba Iulia, was remanded in custody on October 24 in connection with charges of supporting a group suspected of tax evasion infractions with oil products resulting in damages of over EUR 3.5 million. Titus Biriescu and Ramona Biriescu, believed to be the leaders of the criminal group specializing in illegal trade with oil, were also implicated in this case and arrested on October 24.
According to prosecutors, spouses Titus Gabriel and Anisoara Ramona Biriescu sponsored BCCO Alba Iulia and the Hunedoara School Inspectorate, where Mrs. Biriescu workers, by purchasing computers and other goods or services with help from commissary Traian Berbeceanu. Prosecutors also claim Traian Berbeceanu allegedly helped members of the group by offering inside information on DIICOT investigations or the progress made in several cases, in order to commit economic infractions, and by tipping them about prospective searches and witness hearings.
In a series of letters written in prison, Berbeceanu characterized his case as made-up and politically colored. He claimed the “petty suit” against him was “coordinated” by DIICOT prosecutors and intelligence service officers connected to various criminals. The commissary accused Alin Muntean, one of his colleagues at BCCO, Ioan Muresan, Chief of DIICOT – Regional Division Alba Iulia, and Sergiu Cean, another DIICOT prosecutor, of having ties with businessmen from Alba Iulia who are under investigation in a number of DIICOT or BCCO cases, and whom they covered to prevent investigation or lessen their sentence. Prosecutor Muresan has dismissed the accusation and requested the Superior Council of Magistracy to defend his reputation in this scandal.