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DNA takes over case against former president Basescu’s son-in-law

Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutors handling the case in which the son-in-law of former president Traian Basescu is involved claim there are clues of corruption in what concerns the restitution of the Bratianu family’s estate. They have asked National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors to take over the investigation in which Ioana Basescu’s husband is criminally prosecuted along five other persons for forgery and fraud.

The suspicions concern the moment the case was opened. On 11 December 2013 the Attorney General took note of the way Radu Pricop and five other persons obtained EUR 10 M in damages for a 90-hectare plot of land. The case was set to be investigated by prosecutors from the General Prosecutor’s Office. The day before, on 10 December 2013, Radu Pricop personally went to the headquarters of DIICOT, an institution led by Alina Bica at the time, and demanded to be investigated by that institution. He argued the move by claiming he is the victim of a media campaign. He even pointed to the investigators the crime he should be investigated for – the setting up of an organized crime group. Investigators state that the memo, filed the day before the official start of the investigation, gave Radu Pricop the possibility of choosing the Prosecutor’s Office in which to be investigated. Which he actually did.

 

Case transferred to DIICOT by Alina Bica

 

As a consequence of the memo, the case opened at the General Prosecutor’s Office was transferred to DIICOT at the specific request of Alina Bica and of the prosecutor handling the case. The transfer request was made several days after Radu Pricop was charged with forgery and fraud.

The haste with which the transfer was requested as well as the timing of the filing of the memo has raised the suspicions of current investigators, Digi24 informs. They state that there are clues pointing to the crime of malfeasance in office committed by the DIICOT prosecutors that handled the transfer of the case during Alina Bica’s stint at the helm of the institution. Moreover, DIICOT considers that the DNA is qualified to investigate this case considering that several investigations, similar to the one concerning Radu Pricop, are already ongoing, investigations into the way in which the sums of money for property restitution were set. Alina Bica herself is investigated in one of them. For the time being DNA has not announced whether it will take over the case.

 

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