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May 16, 2021

Former organised crime body chief, former Tax Management Authority chief indicted, DNA freezes Bica’s and Pop’s assets and accounts

Former chief of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Alina Bica (photo) and former head of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) Serban Pop were indicted on Friday by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors in a case of bribery for dropping a case involving businessman Horia Simu.

The two are on remand.

Bica is charged with bribe-taking and inadequate participation under the form of persuading to not-guiltily committing abuse of office, while Pop faces charges of being an accomplice to bribery.

Also facing trial in the same case is businessman Horia Simu, indicted for bribery; he is being on remand in another case.

According to a DNA release to Agerpres on Friday, Pop received from Simu 230,000 euros in 2014 (in cash and as two contracts on judicial consultancy) in order to persuade the DIICOT chiefs to settle a criminal case involving Simu in a favourable manner for him.

The prosecutors decided to freeze Pop’s and Bica’s real assets and their accounts, the release said.

The case was sent the High Court of Cassation and Justice to judge it, with the proposal of maintaining the remand and the decision to freeze the two defendants’ assets and accounts.

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