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May 24, 2022

Former president Traian Basescu mentioned in bribery case against Omar Hayssam’s doctor

Former president Traian Basescu’s name appears in the case in which Syrian medical doctor Mohamad Yassin, who negotiated the release of the Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq in 2005, was placed under preventive arrest last week.

Mohamad Yassin, who allegedly asked Omar Hayssam for EUR 2 M in exchange for helping him get out of jail, allegedly stated in 2014 that he has good ties with Traian Basescu, Digi24 informs, quoting a National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) document.

Yassin, the doctor of businessman Omar Hayssam, allegedly mentioned the former head of state’s name during his talks with Omar Hayssam, when trying to convince the latter to give him the EUR 2 M because he is influential and can get him out of jail. Thus, anticorruption prosecutors claim that in his talks with Omar Hayssam the doctor used the fact that he allegedly had good ties with Basescu, however he did not state directly that he would use those ties to ease the businessman’s legal situation.

Nevertheless, Mohamad Yassin rejected DNA’s accusations, claiming that he did not use the former president’s name in order to obtain money from the businessman. Yassin Mohamad was former president Traian Basescu’s official envoy at the negotiations with the kidnappers of the Romanian journalists in Iraq, as well as the beneficiary of a part of Hayssam’s wealth after Hayssam was charged with terrorism.

Yassin was placed under 30-day preventive arrest on April 4. Prosecutors suspect that the Syrian received a bribe of EUR 2 M in order to help the person that signed the criminal complaint in this case. Businessman Fadel Tahli allegedly acted as an intermediary. Although the DNA does not point out who the signatory of the criminal complaint is, the press mentioned Omar Hayssam. Thus, Yassin is charged with influence peddling, while Fadel Tahli is suspected of being an accessory to influence peddling.


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