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March 5, 2021

Verdict in Antena Group blackmail case

Intact Media Group founder Dan Voiculescu (photo) was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison, executory sentence, in the case in which he, his daughter and Sorin Alexandrescu were accused of blackmailing the manager of RCS/RDS cable company. The court ruled that the sentence should be merged with the ten years in prison sentence Voiculescu received in the ICA case, the 10 years in jail sentence remaining in force. Camelia Voiculescu, Dan Voiculescu’s eldest daughter, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended sentence. Antena Group Director Sorin Alexandrescu was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, executory sentence, and Antena Group was fined RON 350,000.

Likewise, Serban Pop, former director of the Romanian Tax Authority (ANAF), was acquitted. He had been charged of being an accomplice to blackmail. At the same time, Intact Publishing and Antena 3 television channel were acquitted of the same charges.

The court ruling is not final and is open to appeals.

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