Being present in a TV show on Friday evening, former chief-prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Alina Bica, currently judged for corruption deeds regarding her activity at the National Agency for Restitution of the Properties (ANRP), confirmed the pretty intense circulated rumor in the political world and in Media after her arrestment: the relationship between her and the chief-prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi, was extremely tensed, suggesting that all her judicial problems are due to the DNA head’s revenge. Bica stated that her institutional relationship with “General Coldea” was a “defective” one and that at the origin of her cases would stay the “joint decision” of him and of the DNA head, Laura Codruta Kovesi.
Being present at Antena 3, Alina Bica said “she knows who was behind her arrestment, but she doesn’t want to do breaking news assumptions, although she knows who it was”.
Asked what does she think about the reasons of her legal situation, the former DIICOT head said: “It was a joint decision Coldea – Kovesi regarding my file. They went together. When the approval was asked in order to arrest me, notes from a certain service were presented to CSM”, according to news.ro.
Bica mentioned she had “a very bad institutional relationship with the deputy head of SRI, General Coldea, although the term of ‘very bad’ is not comprehensive enough. It was defective.”
Regarding her situation and the one of the DNA chief-prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, Bica mentioned: It could be the antipathy that Mrs. chief-prosecutor has in what concerns me”.
“Antipathy is a gentle word. I don’t know if it’s hate. Let’s say that we have different views and different approaches related to the way in which some things should be managed in a competence area that I handled”, Bica stated.
Asked if Kovesi hates her, Bica said: “It was more than an obvious tension. Once we had a dispute on a public position and I contradicted her in public. Things became more serious in time (…) You have to know that I didn’t left the Justice Ministry because the things went well”.
She also stated that in the period she activated at DIICOT, the “Transgaz” case, in which the name of Laura Codruta Kovesi’s brother appeared, was assigned to her, suggesting that this might be a reason of her elimination from the DIICOT helm.
Subsequently, TV producer Mihai Gadea posted a photo that featured Alina Bica and Laura Codruta Kovesi. When Bica saw the picture, she said “What an ugly photo!”, but she refused to make any further comments, but anyone could see from her voice how tensed her relationship with Laura Codruta Kovesi was.
Bica also stated that after she was appointed, when she was informed that “bad things will happen to her”, she intended to quit, submitting her resignation to a “senior official” who would have said to her that “it would cause a situation of instability”.
“I had many nights in custody and in prison, when I analyzed what happened and why. I reproached to myself that I withdrew my resignation when I heard that bad things would happen to me. One month since I was appointed, the first well-wisher came to me to tell me a story. I was 41 years old at that time and I thought that my life has to be different. I went to a senior official to present my resignation. I was told that my resignation would cause a situation of instability and that my position obliged me to maturity and as long as I don’t do things, nothing can happen to me”, stated the former DIICOT chief-prosecutor Alina Bica for Antena 3.
Thus, following the discussion she had with the senior official whose name she didn’t mention, Alina Bica has withdrew her resignation, she said.
Former DIICOT head Alina Bica was remanded in custody between November 22, 2014 and April 21, 2015 and between September 2 and October 22, in two different cases, being investigated in several corruption files by the DNA prosecutors.
“There is a Taliban side among prosecutors”
Former DIICOT chief-prosecutor Alina Bica stated there is a Taliban side among prosecutors, which afford not to perform expertise in the files, although it is necessary, giving the example of ANRP.
“I like to think that I was part of the liberal prosecutors’ side. There is a Taliban side, too. The Taliban side is, for instance, the one of the prosecutors who, although the law regulation says they have to perform a financial-accounting expertise, they refuse to do it. And nothing happens to them”, Alina Bica stated for Antena 3.
She gave the example of the ANRP files, where she said prosecutors had to make these reports. Alina Bica said neither Elena Udrea, nor Dorin Cocos asked her to intervene.
“At the time when I voted into the committee, I never got to interact in private with Mrs. Udrea. In the ANRP file I didn’t know Dorin Cocos when I voted. I didn’t receive any request. We were nine persons who didn’t know each other in the committee. It’s a pretty complicated situation. Isn’t it weird that since 2005 until 2012, when the law was amended, all the committee’s members were arrested, people who didn’t know each other were delinquents, without any exception? People who saw each other once per month? Isn’t it raising questions to anybody?
In the “Bica 1” file, eight former members of the Central Committee for Establishing Compensations are judged for abuse of office: the former head of DIICOT Alina Bica, as an ex-representative of the Justice Ministry into the ANRP committee, Crinuta Dumitrean, Sergiu Ionut Diacomatu, Catalin Florin Teodorescu, Remus Virgil Baciu, Lacramioara Alexandru, Oana Vasilescu and Dragos George Bogdan. The assessor Emil Nutiu and the businessman Gheorghe Stelian are accused of complicity to abuse of office with profoundly serious consequences.
The eight former members of the ANRP Committee are accused for approving compensations to the businessman Gheorghe Stelian in 2011, for a land plot of 13 hectares, overvalued to more than EUR 62 million.
Alina Bica is also judged, in the same case, for bribery and abuse of office, deeds of which she had been initially accused in the “Bica 2” file. Following a decision issued by the Supreme Court, the “Bica 1” file includes all the charges brought to the DIICOT former head for deeds she would have committed as a member in the ANRP committee, as well as the charges related to Dorin and Alin Cocos and to Ionut Mihailescu.
Businessman Dorin Cocos is judged for two deeds of influence peddling and giving bribes, while his son Alin Cocos is judged for complicity to influence peddling and to giving bribes. DNA prosecutors have also sent to judgement Ionut Florentin Mihailescu, Alina Bica’s former adviser, a close person to Alin Cocos, being accused of complicity to bribery (two deeds).
Dorin Cocos is accused that, in exchange of his influence exercised on Alina Bica and on another member of the ANRP Central Committee, he would have pretended and received after January 17, 2011, the amount of EUR 10 million from Gheorghe Stelian, the beneficiary of the litigious rights and the denouncer in this case, provided to solve the compensation case.