The prosecutors of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) seized in 2015 assets worth over 525 million lei and drew up 84 indictments related to organised crime, DIICOT head Daniel Horodniceanu (photo) informed on Thursday.
“The total value of the assets seized through precautionary measures aimed at special impounding in 2015 amounted to 525,868,000 lei,” Horodniceanu said.
According to the presented data, in a first for the Romanian organised crime authority, in 2015 amounts were also seized on the territory of other countries.
Number of cases solved by bill of indictment rose 15pct in 2015
In 2015, the cases solved through the issuing of a bill of indictment of defendants stood at 3,892, representing an increase of 15.02pct from 2014, according to the activity report of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
Of the defendants sent to court, 1,506 were arrested in 2015, representing an increase of 2.10pct from 2014 when their number was 1,475.
Courts of law solved 1,095 cases in 2015, compared to 1,182 cases in 2014, representing a decrease of 7.36pct. In these cases, 2,965 defendants were permanently sentenced compared 3,914 in 2014 (a decrease of 24.24pct).
DIICOT prosecutors participated in 2015 in 26,565 criminal cases, compared to 22,529 cases in 2014, up by 17.91pct.
The number of cases tried with the participation of prosecutors was 15,865 compared to 12,818 in 2014, representing an increase of 23.77pct.
As many as 887 appeals were filed in 2015 compared to 943 in 2014, which is a 5.93pct drop.
As many as 2,965 defendants were definitively sentenced from 3,914 in the same period of reference.
JusMin Pruna: I hope we are able to refer DIICOT Law to Gov’t in two months’ time
Minister of Justice Raluca Pruna said on Thursday that the Law on the organization of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) is in the works, and expressed hope that the piece of legislation will reach the Government in two months at the most.
“There are other issues to check on the domestic agenda for DIICOT to receive the institutional support and resources it needs. A bill is in works that would make DIICOT what it should be, that is a prosecution structure with an organization similar to that of the National Anticorruption Directorate. We are in a quite advanced stage with this bill, and I hope that in two months at the latest we can refer it to the Government,” Raluca Pruna said at the presentation of the DIICOT 2015 activity report.
She said that this law will result in DIICOT being better equipped, primarily with a Judicial Police of its own.
She underscored that the Ministry of Justice cooperates very well with the DIICOT management, and that this teamwork has begun during the term of the former Minister of Justice, which is why she understands to carry on with this project.
“What the Government can still do is support DIICOT, to the possible extent, for a better inter-institutional relationship with executive structures, mainly structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and not only. What the Government and myself must do is make sure that the status of the prosecutor (…) is not disconnected from the status of the judge. We have reports, the CVM included, that claim that in Romania there is a difference between the judge and the prosecutor. This is not the case, a selection has been made at constitutional level and I believe that the prosecutor’s status should not be called into question,” JusMin Pruna also said.
“I ordered inspection of ANC; conclusions, catastrophic”
Before attending an activity the report meeting of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) on Thursday, Justice Minister Raluca Pruna said what is happening at the National Citizenship Agency (ANC) is outrageous as the ANC employees chose to export to the media an organisational problem.
“I have ordered an inspection of ANC, and because of the leakage to the media, you will get today the findings about the ANC activity, which are catastrophic,” said Pruna.
Five chief officers of ANC have tendered their resignation in a letter to Justice Minister Pruna.