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Bica 2” bribery and corruption case: Alina Bica, Dorin and Alin Cocos remain in custody

Ex-DIICOT head Alina Bica (photo) , Dorin and Alin Cocos and Ionut Florentin Mihailescu remain in custody in the “Bica 2” case, the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) ruled on Friday, Agerpres reports.

Former Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu, also indicted in the case, will be tried under judicial restriction, but the court removed one of the bans previously imposed on him, that of getting in contact with Dorin Cocos, Alin Cocos and Ionut Florentin Mihailescu.

The “Bica 2” case was sent to court on Thursday, in the pre-trial phase where a judge checks the preventive measures ordered by the prosecutors, as well as the evidence in the file.

Adriean Videanu was indicted for complicity in abuse of office for having gained undue benefits. He was kept in custody between January 31 – February 6.

Dorin Cocos is charged with influence peddling (two counts) and bribery, while his son Alin Cocos is charged with complicity in influence peddling and bribery.

Alina Bica was indicted on charges of bribery (2 counts), abuse of office for having gained undue benefits (2 counts) and favoring the perpetrator (2 counts), while Bica’s former advisor Ionut Florentin Mihailescu is accused of complicity in bribery.

According to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), on June 14, 2013 Alina Bica received through the intermediation of Ionut Florentin Mihailescu a share of a land plot located in Snagov – Ilfov County with an area of 4,425 sqm.

The land offering was actually tightly linked to Bica’s approving on March 11, 2011, in her then capacity as Secretary of State and representative of the Ministry of Justice in the Central Compensation Commission, the payment of 377,282,300 lei to Gheorghe Stelian, in compensation for a land plot of 13.0535 hectares located in the Plumbuita neighborhood of Bucharest, although the real price of the land was far lower.

In exchange for the influence exerted on Alina Bica and another member of the Commission, Dorin Cocos claimed and received from George Stelian (a denouncer in the current case) 10 million euros.

On the other hand, on September 24, 2013 the case prosecutor handling the Romgaz file built by the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) – where Adriean Videanu is investigated alongside another 11 persons for having caused a prejudice of 11 million dollars and endangering the national gas energy system – issued a distraint order for 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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