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February 18, 2020

ICCJ: Alina Bica sentenced to three and a half years in prison, Horia Simu to four years in prison

Former Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Chief Prosecutor Alina Bica has been sentenced, in the court of first instance, to three years and six months in prison for aiding and abetting, executory sentence. The Supreme Court also sentenced businessman Horia Simu, the offender whom Alina Bica aided and abetted, to four years in prison, executory sentence. In the same case, former National Tax Authority (ANAF) Director Serban Pop was sentenced to five years in prison, executory sentence. The sentence is not final and can be challenged within 15 days.

Alina Bica was accused that in 2014, back when she was DIICOT Director, she took EUR 17,500 from Horia Simu, through a middleman, namely former ANAF Director Serban Pop, in return for exerting pressure on the prosecutors subordinated to her to close their probe against the businessman.

After this case started, the prosecutors reviewed the decision to close the probe against Horia Simu and asked for the resumption of the investigation, but are yet to receive a decision in this sense.

Alina Bica is also involved in two of the five “ANRP” [National Property Restitution Agency] cases.

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