Omar Hayssam taken to DNA for appeal hearing

Syrian-born Omar Hayssam was taken on Thursday morning to the Bucharest offices of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for hearings.

In early February, Hayssam appealed for the second time the decision of the Ploiesti Court of Appeal that handed him a prison term of 23 years and four months after merging the three final sentences ruled in his cases, and after applying the provisions of the new Criminal Code.

Romanian courts imposed final convictions on Hayssam in three cases where he was arraigned by the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and was handed down 20 years in prison for the kidnapping in 2005 of three journalists in Iraq, 16 years in prison in the ‘Volvo Truck’ case, and a 3-year prison sentence in the ‘Foresta Nehoiu’ case.

Hayssam managed to flee Romania in 2006 and was brought back to the country on July 19, 2013. He is currently serving time in the Margineni Penitentiary.


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