JUSTICE

Supreme Court ruling: Businessmen Truica, Rosu under house arrest

Businessmen Remus Truica and Robert Rosu remain under house arrest, while Dan Andronic, Marius Marcovici and Lucian Mateescu are being monitored pending trial in a file involving the illegal restitution of Baneasa Farm, according to a ruling of the High Court of Cassation and Justice on Monday.

The Supreme Court rejected the claims put forward by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and the five defendants against the preventive measures ordered by the lower court.

The ruling is final.

The Supreme Court, later in the day, is to pronounce on the DNA claim to a Brasov court ruling of placing Prince Paul, also charged in the file, under house arrest.

According to the DNA, Truica is charged with setting up an organised criminal group, influence peddling, money laundering, bribe-giving and being an accessory to abuse of office, while Andronic faces charges of setting up an organised criminal group and being an accessory to influence peddling.

Prince Paul is accused of buying influence, money laundering and being an accessory to abuse of office.

The prosecutors said that Truica, lawyer Rosu and other persons, starting Nov. 2006, set up a criminal group aimed at gaining the entire wealth illegally claimed by Prince Paul. Andronic, Marcovici and Mateescu later joined the group.

Thus, Prince Paul promised Truica and his associates a significant share, ranging between 50 percent and 80 percent of the value of the assets he was claiming to get in Romania and he actually gave those persons the assets later on, as he obtained them, in exchange for their interceding with civil servants tasked with re-establishing or returning the ownership right in Bucharest and other counties or with the judges.

A cession contract was closed on Nov. 1, 2006 regarding the assets undergoing administrative or judicial property restitution procedures between Prince Paul and SC Reciplia SRL represented by Truica.

According to the DNA, in 2008, as a result of a notification made by Prince Paul targeting the royal Baneasa Farm that was sent the Bucharest-based Institute for the Development of Plant Protection, the prince together with Rosu and Truica, seeking to obtain undue gains, helped the Institute director to persuade the members of the Administration Board to approve his application in violation of the legal provisions.

The DNA further explained that Prince Paul was aware that the paperwork was incomplete, that the legal conditions for the return of the land were not met, he took part in the discussion in the Institute’s Board and put pressure on its members, by evoking his royal descent and damage claim in the event that his application was rejected.

As a result, the Institute’s Board passed a decision on Sept. 26, 2008 to illegally return the royal Baneasa Farm in kind and later that day a protocol for giving-taking the land was closed, in spite of the concerned plot not having been identified.

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