JUSTICE

Businessman Ioan Niculae gets parole

Millionaire Ioan Niculae was released on parole from the Gaesti penitentiary on Friday. He had been sentenced to prison in the “Bribery at PSD” case. Dambovita Court judges accepted the defence’s arguments that the businessman is a role model convict, a citizen who has been rehabilitated.

Ioan Niculae told Dambovita Court judges that he is a role model convict involved in all of the penitentiary’s activities, that he has learned the lesson of being imprisoned for his acts of corruption and that he is fully rehabilitated. At the same time, Niculae also gave as an argument the fact that he has already served the mandatory part of his prison sentence, namely a third of the 2 years and 7 months prison sentence.

Behind bars, Ioan Niculae wrote several books in order to get his prison sentence reduced. “The Dambovita Court notes that there are suspicions regarding the convict’s ability to write five scientific papers, each of one hundred pages or more, in a very short time of just 74 hours and 45 minutes,” Dambovita Court judges explained, adevarul.ro informs.

“The very reading of the scientific papers that foreign authors wrote, papers that represented the sources of inspiration, requires longer time than that allocated for the convict to write his scientific papers, even for persons with university degrees. Many of the works that formed the basis of inspiration for the scientific papers were not found in penitentiary libraries,” the magistrates point out.

The court’s decision took into account the emergency ordinance that suspended the article of law that stipulated that the convict who writes a scientific paper gets his prison sentence reduced by 30 days. “We consider that the 150 days won by the convict as a result of authoring the five scientific papers cannot be taken into account when calculating the prison time served, as a result of the legal provisions in this regard,” the judges added.

On 2 April 2015, the Bucharest Court of Appeals sentenced Ioan Niculae to two and a half years in prison in the “Bribery at PSD” case. Gheorghe Bunea Stancu was sentenced to three years in prison, while Gheorghe Teodorescu and Viorel Barac were sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The sentences were executory.

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