Masked police officers detained businessman Remus Truica (photo) and journalist Dan Andronic, majority shareholder of ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ and ‘Capital,’ and took them to DNA Brasov on Wednesday afternoon, in order for them to be heard in a corruption case that concerns the illegal restitution of plots of land, after National Anticorruption Directorate prosecutors raided their homes.
National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors raided the residence of businessman Remus Truica on Wednesday, in a corruption case that concerns illegal restitutions. Prince Paul’s home was also raided as part of the same investigations.
The case concerns the restitution of approximately 50 hectares of forest located in the Snagov area.
Overall, 9 raids targeted homes and company headquarters in Bucharest and Ilfov County.
DNA prosecutors also detained Andrei Marcovici, former aide to Calin Popescu Tariceanu, according to Realitatea TV. Marcovici was manager of Reciplia SRL, owned by Reciplia Limited, a company that bought litigation rights for several plots of land, including the litigation rights for the 47-hectare Fundul Sacului Forest located on the shores of Snagov Lake. The litigation rights for that plot of land were bought from Prince Paul for EUR 4 M.
Prosecutors have decided to investigate the restitution of the 47-hectare plot of land that Prince Paul of Romania won in 2006, after it was discovered that there are documents that show that the plot of land never belonged to the Royal Family and yet a court ruled otherwise. Meanwhile, the nephew of King Carol II sold most of the plot of land to several persons, including Remus Truica, Adrian Nastase’s former chief of cabinet.
Remus Truica is also involved in a case concerning fraudulent loans contracted from BRD. Judges released him on conditional bail in that case.
Initially, Remus Truica had been accused by DIICOT of setting up an organized crime group, of malfeasance in office, instigating malfeasance in office and being an accessory to money laundering.
Truica was released on conditional bail and his fortune and assets (bank accounts and real-estate assets, including his home in Snagov) were frozen in order to cover EUR 35 M in damages.
Prince Paul admitted to Ploiesti County Emergency Hospital
Prince Paul Philippe, who is allegedly targeted in the case concerning illegal property restitution, in connection with which anticorruption prosecutors carried out multiple searches this Wednesday, has been admitted to the Ploiesti County Emergency Hospital.
According to hospital spokesperson Dr. Andrei Ilinca, the Prince reported on Wednesday to the hospital’s emergency unit for medical examination and was subsequently admitted to the cardiology ward, according to Agerpres.