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September 21, 2019

Alina Bica and Dorin Cocos released from jail

Former Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Director Alina Bica and businessman Dorin Cocos, Elena Udrea’s ex-husband, will be released from jail and will be placed under house arrest, the Supreme Court judges decided on Tuesday. The ruling is final.

High Court judges decided a week ago to replace the preventive arrest measure with house arrest in the case that concerns Bica and Cocos, who were arraigned on February 25 alongside Alin Cocos (currently under house arrest), Ionut Mihailescu and former Economy Minister Adriean Videanu (currently under judicial control) in the “Bica 2” case.

Alina Bica is accused of taking a plot of land as bribe, in exchange of intervening in the case concerning the restitution of property to Gheorghe Stelian, of helping Ovidiu Tender in the legal case he was involved in, but also of malfeasance in office in the Adriean Videanu case.

Prosecutors accuse Bica, who at the time was secretary of state and Justice Ministry representative within the National Property Restitution Agency’s (ANRP) Central Commission for the Assessment of Damages and then became DIICOT’s chief prosecutor, of two counts of passive bribery, malfeasance in office and favouring the criminal.

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