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November 19, 2019
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Romgaz file: Adriean Videanu released, Alina Bica, Dorin and Alin Cocos still in custody

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ)  has decided to release from custody the ex-Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu, currently under investigation by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), in a file in which the ex-Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) head Alina Bica also has a major role.

The Court admitted an appeal filed by Adriean Videanu against the January 31 decision to hold him in custody, and placed him, in exchange, under a judicial review measure for the next 60 days. Alina Bica, Dorin and Alin Cocos remain under arrest.

As the Court decision dictates, as long as the judicial review period lasts, Videanu must respect a series of obligations, such as going to the Bucharest Police 12th Precinct any time when they call him; he must not leave Romanian territory, unless the Court gives him permission; he must not meet with co-defendants Alina Bica, Alin Cocos, Dorin Cocos and Florentin Mihailescu, or to witness Mihai Cristian Atanasoaiei and he must not communicate with them, either directly or indirectly.

‘Based on article 204, paragraph 12 of the Criminal Procedure Code, we release defendant from custody Adrian Videanu, by canceling the No. 10/U warrant in his name, issued on January 31, 2015, by the rights and liberties judge of the High Court of Cassation and Justice – the Criminal Section, in th file No. 409/2015, unless he is not arrested in another case,” showed the court decision quoted by Agerpres.

DNA claims that, over 2011-2012, Dorin Cocos promised, claimed and received, from the beneficiary of some undue rights, the total amount of 16 million euros, in several tranches, in exchange for his exerting influence on two members of the the National Authority for Property Restitution (ANRP) Central Committee, namely Alina Bica and Sergiu Diacomatu, securing thus the settlement of two cases of compensations, among which one with No. 22714/FFCC (based on which the value of a 13-ha plot of land was established at 377,282,300 lei).

In order to urge the solving of the compensation file, Dorin Cocos gave certain benefits to Alina Bica, such as a share of a plot of land in Snagov locality, covering a total surface of 4,425 square metres.

On the other hand, the former Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu is charged with aiding and abetting and abuse of public office, while Ionut Mihailescu, former advisor of Alina Bica is charged with abetting bribery.

According to the DNA, on September 24, 2013, in the Romgaz file instrumented by the DIICOT, the prosecutor initiated precautionary measures such as placing under a sequester 80 shares that Adriean Videanu held in a company.

Subsequently, on February 25, 2014, based on an emergency ordinance, Alina Bica, as chief of DIICOT, ordered, in violation of her legal competence, to admit the request of the defendant and lift the precautionary attachment.

By doing so, Alina Bica helped Videanu to reintroduce into the economic circuit the 80 shares, creating thus for him the possibility of selling them to intermediaries and avoiding paying compensations, which he did.

 

Videanu’s wife appears in prosecution hearing

 

Miorita Videanu, the wife of former Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu, reported Friday morning to the headquarters of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) to be heard after her name emerged in the case where Adriean Videanu is being investigated for complicity in abuse of power.

Thus, on November 22, 2013, almost two months after Adriean Videanu had transferred his 80 shares in SC Titan Mar SA to his children, Miorita Videanu filed a complaint in her capacity as SC Titan Mar SA representative, requesting the lift of the distraint placed on the respective shares.

Videanu was released from the arrest of the Bucharest Police Thursday night, after the High Court of Cassation and Justice decided to revoke the preventive detention order; he will be now investigated under judicial restriction.

According to DNA, the case prosecutor handling the Romgaz file built by the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), issued on September 24, 2013 a distraint order for the 80 Titan Mar shares held by Videanu.

Subsequently, on February 25, 2014, then DIICOT chief prosecutor Alina Bica, acting in breach of the law on authority, instructed the admission of the request of defendant Videanu and had the distraint lifted.

By this action, Alina Bica paved Videanu’s way for reintroducing the 80 shares in the economy circuit, thus allowing him to alienate them through intermediaries and avoid covering the loss, an opportunity the defendant grabbed.

 

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