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Romania, Malaysia sign Memorandum of Understanding on judicial cooperation activities

JusMin Toader talked with the Romanian sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia


During his visit to Malaysia, Minister Tudorel Toader talked with Ionut Alexandru Gologan, the Romanian who is finally sentenced to death for drug trafficking and arrested in 2012, according to the Justice Minister.

“Ionut Alexandru Gologan, 25 years old, is imprisoned in the Bentong prison, being arrested in 2012 and finally sentenced to death for drug trafficking. The Romanian delegation talked with the convicted Romanian, expressing their support in achieving the legitimate interests by observing the laws of the two states, within the legal framework initiated by signing the Memorandum” reads a press release of the Justice Ministry.

The meeting with the management of the Bentong prison took place at the penitentiary, in the Pahang state, and talks were held mainly on the problems that are specific to the Romanian and Malaysian penitentiary systems.

Besides, on the occasion of this visit, Tudorel Toader and the General Prosecutor of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi bin Ali, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Romanian and Malaysian Governments on the judicial cooperation activities, given that there was no legal framework in this matter until today.

The Memorandum provides various forms of cooperation, such as: the exchange of legislation, experience and best practices on topics of common interest, mutual visits of the representatives of various institutions of the judiciary, promoting cooperation programs and projects in the judicial field.

“At the same time, by signing this bilateral cooperation instrument, the negotiation of the treaties regulating judicial cooperation in criminal matters, namely judicial assistance and extradition, will be stimulated” according to the Justice Ministry.

A meeting of experts was also agreed to take place in Romania, followed by the visit of the General Prosecutor of Malaysia to Bucharest, in May, 2018.

The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, Malaysia, judged on February 16, 2015, the appeal submitted by Ionut Alexandru Gologan, a 23-year-old man from Prahova County, arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to death by the first court on October 16, 2013, and decided to reject the appeal and to maintain the sentence issued by the first court.

The Romanian sentenced to death in Malaysia was born in the Telega commune (Prahova), and last time when he was in his native locality was in the summer of 2012, one month before being arrested, according to the statement made by the mayor of the locality, Ilie Gheorghe, for MEDIAFAX, on October 16, 2013; he mentioned that the young man Ionut Alexandru Gologan went to Germany, where he was recruited by drug dealers. He said that the young man comes from a divided family, being raised by his father and grandmother, after his mother went from Telega many years ago.

On June 26, 2012, 1,494 grams of metamphetamine were found on the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in the luggage of the young man, who was a part-time driver.

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