JUSTICE

Huge prison sentences in blackmail case involving Mircea Basescu

Huge sentence for the members of the Anghel family in the blackmail case regarding ex-president’s brother Mircea Basescu (photo L).
The son of crime head Florin Anghel (alias Bercea Mondial) received a custodial sentence of 12 years and 11 months. Izaura Anghel got 4 years and 6 months in the case concerning the blackmailing of Traian Basescu’s brother. Marius Constantin was given a sentence of 4 years and 6 months of imprisonment and Bercea Mondialu’s wife, Fanica Anghel will spend 3 years and 9 months behind bars.
Mircea Basescu’s lawyer, Nelu Tasca, said his client had asked for an additional moral damage of EUR 1 M, noting that the Court would calculate the value of damages. He added hat the civil action was based on the fact that his client had suffered image damage and had been put under pressure by the defendants following their blackmail actions.
Bercea Mondialu’s wife, two of their sons, Florin and Grinica-Ion Anghel, as well as their daughter and son-in-law were brought to trial by the Constanta anticorruption prosecutors at the end of June 2014, charged with blackmailing Mircea Basescu.
According to the indictment of the prosecutors, on 1 November 2013, Florin Anghel demanded EUR 280,000 from Mircea Basescu, ex-President Traian Basescu’s brother, threatening to disclose to he media compromising information suggesting corruption concerning himself and members of his family.
On 26 March 2014, Florin Anghel and his mother, Fanica, also threatened Marian Capatana, witness in the case, demanding from him EUR 280,000 or a transfer of assets. Afterwards, on 26 and 29 May, Bercea’s daughter, Izaura Anghel, her partner, Marius Constantin and her minor brother, Grinica-Ion Anghel, visited Mircea Basescu again, with the same threats regarding a claimed involvement with corruption offences, in order to force him to pay them EUR 280,000.
According to the quoted source, on 29 May 2014, the three received EUR 10,000 from Mircea Basescu and were caught in the act by the anticorruption prosecutors.

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