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April 12, 2021

Ovidiu Ohanesian and Omar Hayssam questioned by anticorruption prosecutors

The journalist Ovidiu Ohanesian (photo) arrived to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) headquarters on Wednesday to submit a few documents, as he told the journalists present there. He had also been invited to DNA on Monday, for hearings in the Iraq kidnapping and Armament cases.

Omar Hayssam was brought with impressive security forces to DNA on Wednesday, in the Dr. Yassin Mohamad’s case. Hayssam is one of the two denouncers of the Syrian doctor involved in the release of the Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq. Omar Hayssam is serving a 23 year prison sentence for terrorism, resulting from the combination of sentences received in the Volvo, Foresta Nehoiu and 2005 journalist kidnapping cases.

The Syrian has been serving his custodial senesce since July 2013 when he was brought back to the country seven years after his flight.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal (CAB) decided on Tuesday that Mohamad Yassin would stay under arrest, on a charge of influence peddling, allegedly having demanded approximately two million euro to help Omar Hayssam obtain a release. The CAB decision is final.

Anticorruption prosecutors suspect the Syrian citizen Mohamad Yassin that, from October 2014 to March 2015, directly and through Fadel Tahli, demanded a bribe of EUR 2,000,000 to have a prison sentence quashed.

Omar Hayssam’s questioning happens a day after prosecutor Ciprian Nastasiu who requested the Syrian’s release and ex-judge Sofica Dumitrescu who released Hayssam for medical investigations gave depositions before the anticorruption prosecutors.



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