Syrian Omar Hayssam was sentenced on Tuesday to 24 years and four months imprisonment in the ‘Manhattan’ file by the Bucharest Court of Appeal, a file in which he was prosecuted by DIICOT for committing economic crimes.
In the same file, Hayssam’s brother, Mohamad Omar, was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and Mihai Nasture, Hayssam’s brother in law, remained with the penalty of 3 years and 4 months imprisonment given by the court of first instance.
Viorel Vasile Mafteucă was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
The Bucharest Court of Appeal judges have upheld the DIICOT prosecutors appeal and have increased the sentences released in November 2015 by the Bucharest Court (23 years and 4 months for Hayssam). The Bucharest Court also decided at the time that the two brothers are liable to pay damages of RON 7.8 million.
DIICOT started the prosecution in this file against Omar Hayssam in October 2012, along with his brother Mohamad Omar, his brother on law Mihai Nasture and business partners – Viorel Vasile Mafteuca and Doina Farladanschi.
According to DIICOT the five individuals have built an organised criminal group and acted premeditatedly in view of non-refunding the loans and of moving the patrimony of SC Bucovina Mineral Water SA and SC Rio Soft Drinks to other companies being part of the ‘Manhattan Group’.