Syrian-born Omar Hayssam was brought on Friday to the Bucharest headquarters of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to be heard by the prosecutors; according to judicial sources, the hearing is related to the case of the privatization in 2003 of electronic components and equipment producer IPRS Baneasa (which has meanwhile been dismantled).
According to Agerpres, DNA is looking into the privatization procedure, as several forged documents were submitted in the bidding process to confirm the experience and financial capacity of a company (represented by Hayssam), as a requirement for the participation in the privatization.
Omar Hayssam was convicted by Romanian courts in several cases: he was handed down a 20-year sentence in prison for the kidnapping in 2005 of three journalists in Iraq; 16 years in prison in the “Volvo Truck” case; 3 years in the “Foresta Nehoiu” case, plus 2 years in prison for illegally crossing the border.
In November 2015 the Bucharest Tribunal sentenced Hayssam to 23 years and four months in jail in the “Manhattan” case in which he was indicted by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) for economic crimes. In the same case, his brother Mohamad Omar was sentenced to 16 years in prison and the two were obliged to jointly and severally pay 7.8 million lei. The decision is not final and can be appealed.
Hayssam managed to flee Romania in 2006 and was brought back to the country on July 19, 2013. He is currently serving time at the Margineni Penitentiary.