Justice Minister Tudorel Toader (photo) stated on Thursday that all documents needed for the extradition of ex-lawmaker Sebastian Ghita were sent to the Serbian Justice Ministry on Wednesday, and Romanian authorities implemented the procedure of extending the period for the transmission of the necessary documents, procedure stipulated in the treaty with that country.
Toader pointed out that the translated documents have more than 400 pages and the extension of Ghita’s period of detention was requested only as a precautionary measure.
“It’s an ordinary procedure, article 16 of the Treaty stipulates the possibility to extend from 18 to 40 days, in the idea of preventing the possibility of going over the deadline and the release of those who are in that situation. A precautionary measure we sent long ago, the Supreme Court approved it. We’ve sent all documents to the Serbian Justice Ministry. There are 475 pages. The documents were translated in time, at a very sustained pace, and were lodged with the Serbian Justice Ministry. From this moment on – I mean from 1.30 p.m. yesterday – the Romanian Justice Ministry has fulfilled its obligations,” Minister Toader stated on Thursday.
The Justice Minister emphasised that Romanian authorities did their job and from now on everything depends on the Serbian side.
Asked by journalists how long the extradition process might take, he made no comment.
At the same time, the minister pointed out that the documentation in this case is currently complete.
Asked when he sent the document that asked for the extension of the period in which Sebastian Ghita’s extradition could be demanded, Toader answered: “Three days ago.”
Serbia’s Supreme Court has extended, at Romania’s request, the 18-day period for the transmission of the extradition request for Sebastian Ghita. The latter was detained in Belgrade on April 14, on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Romanian authorities. Court Spokesperson Bojana Stankovic stated for Tanjung on Wednesday that the detention period can be extended up to 40 days as part of preliminary procedures.
Two court decisions were issued immediately after Ghita was detained: one on two-month detention and another on 18-day detention.
The Serbian press announced that Ghita and his lawyer did not appeal against the judges’ decisions.
The Justice Ministry announced last Friday that it received the documents from the courts that had issued the pre-trial arrest warrants on Sebastian Ghita’s name, adding that the extradition request and the accompanying documents set to be transmitted to Serbian authorities once they are translated.