The Dolj County Court on Saturday decided to held in preventive detention for 30 days Gheorghe Dinca, the man from Caracal Town suspected of murdering a teenager of 15 from the Dobrosloveni locality, Olt County, the charges so far being of traffic in minors and rape.
On Wednesday, Alexandra Macesanu, a 15-year old girl disappeared after she hitchiked to Caracal Town. The minor called the emergency number 112 three times, saying she was abducted by a man, but the authorities failed to identify the location. The investigators started to search the home of the 66-year old man on Friday morning, 19 hours later from the girl’s emergency call.
According to the defendant’s lawyer, Alexandru Bogdan, there is no sufficient evidence collected so far for Dinica to be charged with murder, as the defendant only described what he was doing in the time when he is supposed to have committed the crime.
“The activities he described doing during this time include no criminal activity. (…) From what I noticed, there aren’t that many people he could call as witnesses though. Certain clues can be regarded as evidence, but are not enough for such a serious accusation, with more strong evidence to result after the specialized expertise, to see including the provenance of the bones discovered by the police. It is too early to discuss guilt based on just these elements,” said the lawyer, who was appointed by the Dolj Bar to represent the defendant.
According to him, the call to 112 was made by the 15-year old by using the defendant’s phone, but the latter did not admit anything.
“I discussed with him about everything that happened that day and I will probably meet him again later today. I know his stand, he explained it to me in detail, we cooperated very well. As far as I know, this morning, at 7.00 am, they took his first statement: they only did a search initially and then they did the paperwork. His stand is that he doesn’t know the girls, he doesn’t know anything about what happened to them,” said the lawyer, who also specified he doesn’t know the defendant, he was just appointed by the Dolj Bar to represent him in this case.
The lawyer also added that Dinca told the investigators the clothes found in his home belonged to his family and not to other persons and about the bones he said were for his dogs and were not of human provenance.
The Dolj Court decision was contested by Gheorghe Dinca.
PM Dancila urges extremely thorough and fast investigation into Caracal teenage girl’s killing
Premier Viorica Dancila said on Friday that she asked Interior Minister Nicolae Moga to go to Caracal to speed up the investigation into two missing girls.
”I think this requires a very serious and fast investigation. I asked the Interior Minister to go to Caracal to speed up the investigation, and everyone who did a botch job shall have to pay. What is very sad is that, regardless of the punishments and the measures we will take – and there will definitely be very tough measures for what happened – this tragedy leaves an open wound in the heart of any Romanian. Regrettably, we cannot reverse this,” Viorica Dancila said in Bacau.
Asked if the head of the Romanian Police should resign after this case, Dancila replied: “I can come with suggestions only after the end of the investigation. Upon his return from Caracal, the Interior Minister will report to the Prime Minister, we will see what the conclusions of the investigation are and I assure you that we will take very strict, very firm measures.”
Viorica Dancila offered her compassion to the bereaved family.
Prime Minister currently considering calling a referendum to toughen punishment for crime, viol, pedophilia
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Saturday stated that she is currently analyzing the possibility of calling a referendum to toughen punishment for crime, viol, pedophilia.
“I am currently considering calling a referendum to ask for the Romanians’ opinion in relation to the idea of toughening the punishment for crime, viol, pedophilia,” said the PM in a statement at the Victoria Governmental Palace.
The Prime Minister also announced she decided to set up an inter-institutional working group to come up with a plan of urgent measures to shorten the reaction time in crisis situations, after what happened in Caracal.
During the morning, the PM had an working meeting at the Victoria Palace with the heads of the STS (Special Telecommunications Service) and the Department for Emergency Situations and the Minister of Communications.
Head of Executive decides to set up working group to shorten reaction time in crisis situations
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Saturday announced she decided to set up an inter-institutional working group to come up with a plan of urgent measures to shorten the reaction time in crisis situations, after what happened in Caracal.
“These days, a young soul who could have been saved left this world. We are all angry and full of grief, sadness and frustration over what happened. I have taken several necessary decisions as a Prime Minister, but we need more,” said the PM, in a press statement held at the Victoria Palace.
She also mentioned she canceled all her visits and events on Saturday and that she will immediately meet, upon her arrival in Bucharest, the Minister of Interior, who kept her informed about all the measures that have been taken so far in the Caracal murder case and the action plan for the following days.
I asked Minister Moga to go back to Caracal to continue to coordinate this investigation. I also called an emergency meeting today at the Victoria Palace with the head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat, the head of STS (Special Telecommunications Service), Sorinel Vasilca, and also with the Minister of Communications, Alexandru Petrescu. I decided to set up an inter-institutional working group to come up with a plan of urgent measures to shorten the reaction time in crisis situations at the entire state apparatus level, working group to be led by Raed Arafat,” said Viorica Dancila.
The head of the Executive also added she will also propose the creation of an working group at the Tuesday meeting of the CSAT (Supreme Council for Country Defence), in her capacity as Vice President of this body.
“I discussed this with Mr Arafat and we want within maximum 15 days to have an analysis and a plan of action. I already dismissed the head of the Romanian Police, quaestor Ioan Buda, the Deputy Chief-Inspector of the Olt County Police Inspectorate and the Olt Subprefect. I also called the Olt Prefect from his holiday to dismiss him. There will also be dismissed all those involved in this process and who managed things so disastrously, and not just the leadership. We are already doing what depends on the Government, without discussions or delays. But it is our duty, of all us who are in charge, to take measures and decisions to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again,” said Dancila.
She also asked for a very detailed report to be presented at the Tuesday meeting of the CSAT, of the manner in which the authorities reacted in the Caracal murder case.
“I asked for a very detailed report, minute by minute, since the moment the emergency call was made on Thursday evening, at 11.05 pm, which report should include, minute by minute, all the decisions made by everyone involved, depending on their responsibilities. I am also expecting that all institutions and entities involved in this process: President Klaus Iohannis, STS, the general prosecutor, to do the same” said Dancila.
SocDem leader: I ask parties not to politicize Caracal murder case; I postponed PSD’s August 3 Congress”
The Social Democratic Party leader on Saturday asked political parties to behave in a responsible manner and not politicize the Caracal murder case. She also announced that she and her colleagues in the PSD postponed the Congress of August 3.
“I ask (…) the political parties to behave in a responsible manner and not to politicize this case. For it is unacceptable to allow politicians building their image and their electoral campaign, by taking advantage of such tragedy. We have already postponed the PSD Congress of August 3, for we need firm actions right now and to take the necessary measures and correct the procedural errors that led to the death of a innocent child,” said Dancila on Saturday at the Victoria Palace.
The PM assured families in suffering that everyone who was involved in the Caracal murder case will pay for their actions.
“I assure the families and all the Romanian citizens that all the guilty ones will pay, according to their position in the hierarchy. I won’t allow anyone to play with the citizens’ safety and lives. As a human being, as a mother, I am by the side of those in suffering and I will make everything in my power to support them. I send them condolences and all my compassion. I assure them that no one will remain unpunished,” underscored Dancila.