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Anti-organised crime head on Black Cube case: Israel, UK’s assistance requested, magistrate to be seconded to Israel

Head prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Daniel Horodniceanu (photo) said on Thursday that Israel and UK’s assistance have been requested in the case where several Israeli nationals, members of the Black Cube firm, are being probed for spying on communications and attempts to discredit National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, and that a Romanian magistrate will be seconded to Israel to fulfill specific procedures.

“After we completed what we had to do on the Romanian territory, we got in touch through the international judicial assistance, we sought Israel and UK’s assistance via judicial cooperation channels. We are expecting in the next period the invitation from Israel’s Prosecutor’s Office to second a Romanian magistrate to carry out the requests referred via the international letter rogatory,” Horodniceanu said in an interview with private broadcaster Digi 24.

The DIICOT head said hearings will be conducted and documents will be requested, and that the prosecutors will also receive evidence from the UK.

“We would like to hear certain persons, request documents, add to the case all the data that is currently missing and complete this puzzle I was previously talking about so that we can close the circle and take the already proven crimes to court. (…) We will also receive from the UK the evidence that we requested, mainly the video materials they shot,” Horodniceanu added.

Two employees of the Israeli firm Black Cube – Ron Weiner and David Geclowicz – are being charged in the case of harassment against DNA head Laura Codruta Kovesi.

According to DIICOT, Ron Weiner is charged with setting up an organized crime group, illegally accessing a computer system, unauthorized transfer of computer data, altering computer data integrity and repeated illegal operations with computer hardware and software.

David Geclowicz is also charged with setting up an organized crime group, being accessory to illegal access to a computer system and unauthorized transfer of information data, altering computer data integrity, and illegal operations with hardware and software.

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