The six candidates competing for the position of chairman of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) were interviewed on Wednesday at the Ministry of Justice. Among the persons aiming for this position, there is the present interim leader of the structure, Giorgiana Hosu, as well as the Head of Investigation for IT Fraud, Ioana Albani. There were initially seven prosecutors who had announced their application, yet one of them gave up on Monday, the Ministry of Justice announced.
The candidates competing for DIICOT chairman are Nicolae Lupulescu, Deputy Chief Military Prosecutor at the Military Corruption Deeds Combating Department of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, Adrian Gluga, Chief Prosecutor of DIICOT Craiova, Ioana-Bogdana Albani, Chief Prosecutor at the IT Crimes Prevention and Combatting Department, at the Central Structure of DIICOT, Catalin-Laurentiu Borcoman, the Head of DIICOT Brasov and Daniel-Constantin Horodniceanu, Chief Prosecutor of DIICOT Iasi.
Also, the mentioned position is also aimed by the Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, Giorgiana Hosu, the interim chairman of DIICOT.
Giorgiana Hosu is a prosecutor with an experience of over 20 years and was named based on Victor Ponta’s proposal, as the Deputy Chairman of DIICOT, besides Alina Bica, in 2013.
Nicolae Lupulescu is a prosecutor in the rank of general and has led the Military Prosecutors’ Office Department in the High Court Prosecutors’ Office, and since November 2014, he had been the Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the military structure in DNA.
Adrian Gluga was promoted by Laura Codruta Kovesi in 2009, when he was Public Prosecutor, to the position of Head of DIICOT Craiova.
Ioana Albani is the Head of the IT Crimes Combating Department in DIICOT and has an outstanding career, having solved numerous cases of IT frauds and having identified many hackers. Recently, Albani was decorated by the Head of FBI, during his visit in Bucharest, for the excellent collaboration of the two institutions.
Cătălin Borcoman was Laura Codruta Kovesi’s adviser in 2006, when she had been appointed Public Prosecutor. In the same year, he started working for DIICOT Brasov. In 2009, he was promoted to the Deputy position in the central structure of DIICOT. In 2012, he became Head of DIICOT Brasov. Borcoman worked on several cases such as espionage against officer Floricel Achim, who was supplying state secrets to a Bulgarian spy, to Ukraine, or the case of weapon theft in Ciorogarla.
Daniel Horodniceanu had been managing DIICOT Iasi since 2012. In 2009, a case coordinated by him, that won major media attention, was the exposing of a garlic dealers network.
According to the law, the Prosecutor General of the High Court of Cassation and Justice Prosecutors Office (PICCJ), his Deputy and the latter’s assistant, the Chief Prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, his assistants, the Department Chief Prosecutors, as well as the Chief Prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism and their adjuncts are appointed by the Romanian President, at the Proposal of the Justice Minister, with the approval of the Supreme Council of Magistrates, of prosecutors that had a minimum experience of ten years in a position of magistrate or prosecutor, during three years, with the possibility of one reappointment.
The position of DIICOT chairman was left empty after Alina Bica was arrested in a corruption file regarding the illegal retrocession of a lot over-evaluated by EUR 60 million.
Giorgiana Hosu: Institutional consolidation is DIICOT’s priority
The DIICOT deputy head, Giorgiana Hosu, on Wednesday stated that the priorities of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) right now are institutional consolidation and efficient activity.
Before her being interviewed by the Minister of Justice as part of the selection for the office of chief-prosecutor of DIICOT, Hosu said she had no management plan prepared yet.
“I don’t have a plan prepared yet. I will just support my letter of intent today and that’s it. I will sustain my plan for the institution later in front of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (…) Institutional consolidation is the DIICOT priority and the daily activity that must be very good and efficient,” said Hosu.
She underscored that DIICOT is currently functioning based on the GEO of 2006 and that it must be confirmed by a law that must be approved by Parliament.