The General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR) mentions that the air transport services public procurement procedure for bringing Nicolae Popa to Romania was carried out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs; the negotiations were held with three air operators, and the winner was S.C. Ion Tiriac Air S.R.L. The contract amounted RON 234,207.30 and was signed by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police; the economic operator issued the fiscal invoice, which was paid by IGPR through payment order, according to the Romanian Police. Nicolae Popa was heard at the General Prosecutor’s Office after the denouncement of the former MP Sebastian Ghita (photo) against Codruta Kovesi. Former MP Sebastian Ghita stated on Sunday evening for Romania TV that he filed a criminal complaint against the former head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, at the Special Section for Investigating the Magistrates, claiming that she asked him to pay the air transportation for Nicolae Popa’s repatriation. “I reported the circumstances in which my extradition from Indonesia was done”, Popa stated when exiting the General Prosecutor’s Office.
The Romanian Police mentions that, “given the requests of the media representatives and the major interest of the public related to the extradition and the return to Romania, from Indonesia, of a Romanian citizen who was convicted in a criminal case and for whom a warrant was issued for the execution of the imprisonment”, according to the provisions of the Law no.302/2004 on the international judicial cooperation in criminal matters, the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police , through the International Police Cooperation Center, has the legal attribution to escort the extradited person from the requested state to Romania, and to deliver him or her to the Romanian competent authorities in order to imprison that person.
Taking over the extradited person is made according to a final decision of the competent judicial authority of the requested state, which decision is communicated to the Romanian Justice Ministry. The terms for taking over the person are mutually agreed with the authorities of the requested state, and the actual taking over takes place after all the logistic requirements are met, since they vary, depending on a number of factors (for example: destination), reads the quoted source.
“As for the procurement of air transport services for bringing to Romanian a Romanian citizen, in 2011, who was convicted in a criminal case and for whom a warrant was issued for the execution of the imprisonment, we inform you that the procedure was carried out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, by its specialized structure, according to the provisions of the GEO no.34/2006 on the public procurements. The negotiations were held with three economic operators in the field, and the award criterion was the lowest price. In this case, the winner was the economic operator S.C. Ion Tiriac Air S.R.L., and the purchased services were related to the passenger transportation on the route Bucharest – Jakarta and return. Signing the service contract and its settlement were the responsibility of the Romanian Police. The contract, which amounted RON 234,207.30, was signed by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police on 14.04.2011”, the Romanian Police mentioned.
According to the quoted source, the economic operator issued the fiscal invoice on April 21, 2011, and it was paid by I.G.P.R. through payment order, on April 29, 2011.
“Given that the legislation in force at that time was establishing that the institution is obliged to make the award announcement public within 45 days, the award announcement no.107978/26.05.2011, corresponding to this procurement, was published on 26.05.2011 in the Electronic System of Public Procurements. We also mention that all the above-mentioned documents have been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, and details about this subject have been publicly revealed on January 9, 2017, when our institution issued a press release”, the Police explained.
Former MP Sebastian Ghita stated for Romania TV that he filed a criminal complaint against the former head of DNA, Laura Codruta Kovesi. The complaint against the former DNA head was submitted by Ghita to the Special Section for Investigating the Magistrates. Sebastian Ghita claims that Laura Codruta Kovesi asked him to pay the flight for Nicolae Popa’s repatriation.
“After I presented to the Romanian state all the elements regarding the criminal activity of this group, Onea – Kovesi, I saw nothing happened and all the things that this group does, fake cases, is hidden and covered. What made me submit this complaint is that this section for investigating the magistrates allows citizens to present evidence”, Sebastian Ghita stated for Romanian TV.
The former MP made the denouncement against Laura Kovesi at the beginning of this week, and hearings are already being made in this case, according to romaniatv.net.
At the beginning of 2017, Sebastian Ghita was claiming that a construction company from Ploiesti, which received money from Asesoft, was the one that paid for the flight to repatriate Nicolae Popa from Jakarta, at the request made by Kovesi and the state.
“At Kovesi’s request, a construction company from Ploiesti that received money from Asesoft was the one that paid for the flight for Nicolae Popa’s repatriation from Indonesia. The reality is that a private company paid, at the Romanian state’s request, EUR 200,000 to bring the person who bankrupted FNI and who stole hundreds of thousands of people. I am asking Mrs. Kovesi: what kind of operation is this? Are we guilty for money laundering? Is she the only guilty person, or is it me? Have I acted in the name of the Romanian state?”, Sebastian Ghita said then.
In 2006, Nicolae Popa was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for fraud, together with Ioana Maria Vlas, for breaking down Fondul National de Investitii (the National Investment Fund – e.n.).
Popa was arrested on December 2, 2009, by the Indonesian authorities, and was brought to Romania from Indonesia on April 22, 2011. The media said at that time that he was brought to Romania with “a private flight”.
Nicolae Popa was released at the end of August 2017.
Sebastian Ghita, about the payment of the flight for Nicolae Popa’s repatriation: Neither I nor the Romanian Police are lying The flight costed more than EUR 120,000 – EUR 52,000 paid by the Police, and EUR 68.000 paid upon Kovesi’s request, by me
Speaking about the payment of the flight for the repatriation of the former FNI manager Nicolae Popa from Indonesia, former MP Sebastian Ghita stated on Tuesday that neither him nor the Romania Police are not lying, and that according to his calculations, the flight costed more than EUR 120,000, of which EUR 52,000 were paid by the Police, and EUR 68,000 were paid by him upon Laura Codruta Kovesi’s request.
“The Romanian Police is not lying when saying that it fully paid the invoice issued by Tiriac Air for the Jakarta flight amounting EUR 52,000. Neither I, Sebastian Ghita, am not lying when saying that a company from Ploiesti paid EUR 68,000, being asked by me, upon Laura Kovesi’s request, for the same flight. I explained why she was in a hurry and that a payment of EUR 52,000 made by the Police would have taken a long time in terms of procedure, and budget supplements would have been needed”, Sebastian Ghita mentioned, according to romaniatv.net.
He explained that a Bucharest – Jakarta flight lasts 17 hours in one direction and 17 hours back, one hour of flight costs EUR 4,000, and the total number of hours is 34.
“Renting a GulfStream G200 aircraft as the one used by Tiriac Air, costs EUR 4,000 per hour. Therefore, the flight costed more than EUR 120,000, including discounts. The Police paid EUR 52,000, and I paid EUR 68,000 upon Laura Kovesi’s request. Both me and the Romanian Police are telling the truth. The only one who is lying, as usually, by omission, is Mrs. Kovesi. I am sure that the prosecutors of the General Prosecutor’s Office will solve the case and will quickly find the truth. The invoices, the payment orders, the aircraft logbooks, all these things are evidence and they were found by the prosecutors”, Ghita added, according to the quoted source.