ICA case: Extended sequester on Dan Voiculescu’s assets

The Bucharest Court of Appeals that tried the case involving the privatization of ICA yesterday has extended the preventive sequester to include a number of assets owned by Dan Voiculescu and the other suspects. Consequently, 36 hectares of land, two sets of over 5,000 Grivco shares – the first donated to Corina Voiculescu and the second to Camelia Voiculescu – and two sets of 9.9 million shares at the Investigative and Applied Research Company worth approx. RON 2 million were seized preventively. Following this decision of the court, the defendants’ attorneys challenged the two judges on the grounds that they enforced the preventive seizure in this particular stage of the trial. The court had previously rejected the petitions filed by Voiculescu’s attorneys for a postponement and the challenge of Judge Camelia Bogdan. The next term in the file is July 7. Dan Voiculescu, the founding chairman of the Conservative Party (PC), said at the hearing that the case involving the Food Research Institute (ICA R&D) is not coming to a close, but he is not worried about the trial because he has seen Judge Camelia Bogdan’s resume and trusts her experience and “expertise in money laundering.” Before the hearing, the Conservative stated CSM should look into the matter of disbarring Codruta Kovesi, the chief prosecutor of DNA, for disclosing that the charges brought against him will be prescribed in 2014.
Last week, the ICA privatization case was re-assigned to a new CAB judge panel consisting of Camelia Bogdan and Mihai Alexandru Mihalcea. The re-assignment was prompted by the arrest of the president of the initial panel, Stan Mustata, for influence peddling, and the retirement of Florin Duta, the other member of the panel.

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