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Ex-senator media tycoon Dan Voiculescu stays in prison, final ruling

The Bucharest Tribunal on Tuesday dismissed ex-senator Dan Voiculescu’s appeal for release on parole. The former media tycoon is serving a ten year-sentence in prison for the ICA file at Jilava Penitentiary.

The tribunal’s ruling is final and dismissed Voiculescu’s appeal while maintain the ruling given by the District 5 court on December 13, 2016.

The District 5 Court of Bucharest didn’t agree either to the former senator’s release on parole, arguing he has taken advantage of the legislation gaps to obtain free days from the sentence as easily as possible.

Initially, the Court had ruled that Dan Voiculescu can file for a new release on parole request in September 2017, but the tribunal cut down the deadline for May 24, 2017.

On November 28, 2016 a committee of the Jilava Penitentiary has delayed to discuss the former mogul and politician’s release request by ten months, but eventually his case went to court.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) opposed that Voiculescu should be released on parole, arguing he has served too less time from the sentence and that there are irregularities regarding those 11 books allegedly written by him in penitentiary, for which Voiculescu would have benefitted of a jail sentence cut.

An anti-corruption prosecutor told the hearing that the manuscripts allegedly assigned to Dan Voiculescu don’t contain erasures or additions, which proves that he hasn’t written these papers or they haven’t been written in prison.

Where he has got the physical strength from to write 11 books in 12 months? Dan Voiculescu used 12 hours to write a 180-page work. Another 220-page paper has been written in 25 hours, another one in 2 hours. If I’d sum up Dan Voiculescu’s papers, there would be 72 hours to write over 2,000 pages, meaning a page per minute, which is impossible,” the DNA prosecutor argued.

In August 2014 the Bucharest Court of Appeal sentenced businessman Dan Voiculescu to 10 years in prison in connection to the case involving the privatisation of the Food Research Institute (ICA). After being imprisoned, Voiculescu wrote ten books in less than a year and a half.

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