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September 24, 2020

Illegal retrocessions file: Viorel and Andrei Hrebenciuc, released from house arrest

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided on Tuesday to replace house arrest with release on probation in the case of Viorel Hrebenciuc and his son Andrei Hrebenciuc, both legally prosecuted in the illegal forest retrocessions file.

The Court decision follows the request by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) submitted on Tuesday to judges to cancel house arrest for defendants in this file, after the Constitutional Court had decided that the measure of house arrest while trying files in Court was unconstitutional, because no deadlines were stipulated.

On the Tuesday term of the trial, former Deputy Ioan Adam submitted a request demanding to be tried by simplified procedure, thus admitting, actually, the offences he was accused of in this file.

Viorel Hrebenciuc was sent to Court in January 2015, for having committed the offences of creating an organized criminal group, influence peddling and money laundering, and former Deputy Ioan Adam is accused of instigation to abuse of office, creating an organized criminal group and purchase of influence (three accounts).

Other defendants in this case are Lorand Andras Ordog, Covasna County Court judge, Paltin Gheorghe Sturdza (the beneficiary of the retrocession), Iosif Kadas, Constantin Bengescu, Andrei Hrebenciuc, Sorin Ion Iacob, Janica Poenaru, Tudor Chiuariu (creating an organized criminal group, influence peddling, money laundering), Ioan Gheorghe Varga, Daniel Constantin Calugar, Ioan Matasel, Gabriela Rodica Zaharia, Anca Roxana Adam (Deputy Ioan Adam’s wife, Brasov Court judge), Iulian Durlan (Mayor of Caiuti commune in Bacau County), Adam Craciunescu (General Manager of Romsilva).

Accusations refer to the illegal retrocession of 43,227 hectares of forests in the County of Bacau to Paltin Sturdza, damaging Romsilva’s interests.


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