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Romanian billionaire Costel Comana found dead on flight to Costa Rica

Businessman Costel Comana has been found dead in the toilet of a plane flying from Bogota to Costa Rican Capital San Jose. The Romanian businessman controlled the Regiotrans company and was under investigation in a corruption case where his business partner Iorgu Ganea had been arrested.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Mediafax on Thursday that the man who had committed suicide in the toilet of a plane flying on the Columbia-Costa Rica route was a Romanian national, and noted that the man had been found strangled.

The Foreign Ministry says that, on 25 February, the honorary consul of Romania in the Republic of Costa Rica telephoned the Romanian Embassy to Ciudad de Mexico in the circumscription of which Costa Rica is, to report the death of a Romanian citizen.

According to MAE, the incident was also reported to the Romanian diplomatic mission by the relevant local authorities who have also confirmed the death of the Romanian.

‘The fist obtained information suggests the Romanian national strangled himself in the toilet of the plane. He was onboard a flight from the Airport of Bogota (Columbia) to the Juan Santamaria International Airport of San Jose (Costa Rica). The passenger was accompanied by a lady with Romanian citizenship’, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states.

The honorary consul of Romania in Costa Rica immediately travelled to the airport to talk to Prosecution officials and to offer consular assistance to the Romanian citizen who was accompanying the deceased person. The relevant local authorities interviewed the Romanian lady who was accompanying the deceased, in the presence of the honorary consul, who interpreted between Spanish and Romanian for her. Steps were urgently taken to inform the family of the Romanian citizen and to obtain its approval for sending the body back to the country’, MAE notes.

Both the honorary consul of Romania in the Republic of Costa Rica and the Romanian Embassy to Ciudad de Mexico monitor the case, are permanently in touch with the local authorities and will continue to offer consular assistance within the limits of legal competence’, the Foreign Ministry further says.

 

He was travelling with one-way ticket

 

Costa Rica press is quoted by de Noticiasrcn.com to have reported on Thursday that the name of the Romanian who had committed suicide in the toilet of a plane flying from Columbia to Costa Rica was Costel Comana and that he was 53. Noticiasrcn.com says the Romanian citizen had departed from Brazil and was headed to Costa Rica via Bogota. The source notes the man had left Brazil to avoid being apprehended. According to the website, the Romanian was accompanied on the flight by a lady, that he was anxious and he visited the toilet several times. At some point, seeing Costel Comana was not coming out, the woman went there and checked the door. Since there was no answer, she alerted the crew who broke the toilet door and found the person dead. The source also says the Romanian had no return ticket to Bogota.

The Forbes magazine placed Costel Comana among the Top 500 billionaires, with businesses in the railway sector.

 

Investigated for bribery

 

Costel Comana was under investigation in the case where Ministry of Transport and CFR officials were charged with taking bribe for favouring specific companies during tendering procedures for the awarding of contracts. Businessman Iorgu Ganea and CFR Transport Monitoring Service head Estrella Ştefănescu were arrested on 20 February.

The other suspects who have been prosecuted in the case are Claudiu Octavian Dumitrescu, Director of the Railway Directorate of the Transport and Infrastructure Directorate General of the Ministry of Transport, and Costache Nicolau, General Manager of Brasov Railway Regional Division. Criminal investigations are also conducted against SC Regiotrans SRL Braşov, Florin Hădărean, manager of the company, and Gheorghe Valentin Ciapraz.

 

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