Hundreds of Romanians serving time in prisons located abroad will be returned to the country to complete their punishments. 26 countries made requests to the Ministry of Justice, and 90 per cent of these requests were approved, digi24.ro reported. Convicts from abroad will join the 30,000 prisoners in jails all over the country. The state pays RON 2,500 monthly per convict.
Romanian criminals sentenced in European countries are sent to complete their prison time at home, in a penitentiary system that is already overcrowded.
The Ministry of Justice received last year 600 requests from the authorities of 26 states. The highest number of convicts – over 270 persons – were sent by Italy. The latest case is that of Romulus Mailat, The Romanian man convicted to lifetime prison for murdering a woman in 2007. Italian authorities extradited him at the beginning of April. Romulus Mailat was moved to the Aiud Penitentiary.
Authorities in Spain, too, remitted Romania 119 requests to send home Romanians that had committed crimes on Spain’s territory. Among them, there is the criminal Ioan Clamparu.
In 2012, a Court in Spain convicted Clamparu definitively to 30 years of prison for trafficking women. At the beginning of April, he will be moved to Romania, where he will complete the sentence received in Spain, and another 13-year-old sentence issued by Romanian judges.
According to the report related to the State of Justice for 2014, issued by the Supreme Council of Magistracy (CSM), Romania has also demanded the help of foreign legal authorities to seek people avoiding justice. 1,500 European arrest warrants were issued. In no more than half of the cases, the persons sought were found as well.
Most of them are investigated for trafficking drugs, persons, IT crimes, corruption and terrorism.
The police list of the most sought persons also includes former Deputy Marko Attila, arrested in absence for corruption. Some of the persons sought for a long time are Omar Mukles, brother of Omar Hayssam, convicted to five years in prison and şi Codrut Marta, Sorin Blejnar’s former head of cabinet, digi24.ro mentioned.