Radu Pricop, the son-in-law of ex-President Traian Basescu, yesterday requested the Pitesti Court to fine the Prefecture of Arges County for asking for a review of the case in which he is targeted for allegedly taking illegal possession, together with 11 other people, of 90 hectares of land that belongs to the Bratianu family. The Pitesti Court recessed without handing down a decision on the request for a review of the judgement made by the lawyer Radu Pricop, the husband of Ioana Basescu. The representative of the County Commission for the Establishment of Ownership Rights over Land in Arges argued in Court that the review request had been introduced within the legal term, in April 2014, upon the request of the National Authority for the Restitution of Properties (ANRP) and asked that it should be admitted. The same request for the review to be admitted was also made by the legal representative of the Local Commission for the Establishment of Land Ownership Rights in Stefanesti.
On the other hand, lawyer Pricop who represents the beneficiaries of the reconstitution of the ownership right, argued that the commissions themselves had excluded Eleonora Bratianu from the group of heirs and never recalled their own decisions as they were lawful. In addition, the other lawyer of the defendants said the review request should be rejected as inadmissible and the institutions that had made it should be fined for abuse of process rights.
The restitution of the land in question was subject to a criminal case dealt with by the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, where Radu Pricop was under criminal investigation for the commission of the criminal offences of fraud and forgery of documents under private signature. The case was afterwards sent to the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), who took over the investigations.
The press has reported that Radu Pricop and other persons bought from the heirs of the Bratianu family heritage rights over a plot of land. Having won several court cases against the Romanian state, Radu Pricop and his partners obtained from ANRP damaged worth EUR 10 M, however using forged documents, the mass-media claims.