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October 5, 2022

Former anti-mafia prosecutor Bica , former Fiscal Administration head Pop under arrest for 30 days

Former chief of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Alina Bica and former head of the National Fiscal Administration Agency (ANAF) Serban Pop, charged with bribery and complicity in giving bribe, respectively, for a favourable solution in a case concerning Horia Simu, have been arrested for 30 days by the High Court magistrates.
The Decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice is not final, and can be appealed by Alina Bica and Serban Pop. The measure is enforceable, therefore the former DIICOT head and the former ANAF chief have been incarcerated.
Alina Bica and Serban Pop, detained for 24 hours on Tuesday by the anticorruption prosecutors and were released on Wednesday, after the detention order had expired.
Alina Bica allegedly received a bribe of 17,500 euro at her home, which was brought to her by her former adviser Ionut Mihailescu, the DNA prosecutors claim in their report backing their arrest request for Alina Bica, according to Mediafax.
The prosecutors state in their report that, according to the deposition of the denunciator, Ionut Mihailescu, Bica allegedly asked him to contact the former head of ANAF, Serban Pop, who ‘had previously sent her a text message about the case of Simu Horia’.
According to the anticorruption prosecutors, the former head of ANAF, Serban Pop, allegedly received 230,000 euro from Horia Simu, witch he was supposed to pass on to other people to help solve in a favourable way a DIICOT case concerning the businessman. He claims that Alina Bica received 17,500 euro of that amount.
On Tuesday, DNA said they had prosecuted Bica for bribery and participation to intentionally cause people to commit abuse of power, and Serban Pop, accused of complicity in paying bribe.
Alina Bica is currently on trial in two corruption cases, where she spent five months under arrest.
According to Alina Bica’s lawyer, Laura Voicu, the only document on file is the denunciation made by her former adviser, Florentin Mihailescu, whose own freedom is at stake.
‘The only thing that exists on this file is Mihailescu’s denunciation. There is no evidence. There is nobody else to say that Mrs. Bica has received one leu, one euro, there is no other evidence. The only piece of evidence is the denunciation. At stake is the freedom Mihailescu wants to buy’, the lawyer said.
She also noted that Horia Simu had not mentioned Alina Bica’s name in the case.
The former Chief-Prosecutor of DIICOT, Alina Bica, is therefore returning behind bars, after a previous arrest period from 22 November 2014 to 21 April 2015.

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