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Alina Bica – political asylum requested in Costa Rica. Supreme Court says no political refugee status has been granted, provisional approval expires in 2019

 

Alina Bica, former National Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) head, has requested political asylum in Costa Rica, her lawyer, Doru Trăilă, has informed the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) on Friday, and requests to be heard by video-conference.

ICCJ had on Friday the last hearings on the third lawsuit, related to ANRP, in which the former DIICOT chief is charged with corruption.

The lawyer claims Alina Bica was been granted the political refugee status in Costa Rica in January and requests to be heard in the ANRP file, in which she is charged together with businessman Dorin Cocos and his son, Alin Cocos, hotnews.ro reports.

The ICCJ judges said on Friday that Alina Bica has not been granted political refugee status in Costa Rica, as her lawyer argues, the former head of DIICOT being a solicitor with a provisional approval expiring in January 2019.

The magistrates rejected Alina Bica’s request to be heard by video-conference in the ANRP file because the documents submitted by the lawyer do not prove her impossibility to show up in the trial.

“The medical records presented do not prove the impossibility to show up. The court finds that Alina Bica does not have refugee status but has a provisional application card valid until January 30, 2019”, announced Lucia Rog, president of the panel of judges.

The judges postponed the file for May 16.

The media informed, early this year, that Alina Bica left for Costa Rica. She is sentenced in two criminal files, but the rulings are not final.

Bica requested the ICCJ, on March 12, through her lawyer, the go-ahead for forensic expertise in Costa Rica claiming he had health problems and could not fly by airplane to Romania, to be heard in the lawsuits in which he was involved.

The petition was made at a time when Alina Bica was sentenced in first court to four years in prison with execution for committing the offense of favouring the perpetrator.

Rise Project released a document earlier this year proving that Alina Bica has joined business with people sentenced or prosecuted in Romania for fraud and corruption. Bica’s husband is also in Costa Rica, where he allegedly has opened an import-export firm with agricultural products and on animal breeding.

Alina Bica – Elena Udrea relations, close friends sharing the same ‘ordeal’. Ambassador to Costa Rica, recalled

Alina Bica lives in the same neighbourhood with Elena Udrea, former Development and Tourism Minister in the Emil Boc cabinet, who is also prosecuted in several files. Bica and Udrea are close friends.

In the first court, Udrea was sentenced to six years in jail. Last Friday, ICCJ postponed the sentence on May 9.

She is currently in Costa Rica, and earlier she announced through her lawyers that she wants to make a statement in the lawsuit, but she cannot be present because she is pregnant and the doctors have advised her not to move.

The ICCJ has rejected on Friday the request for a rogatory commission and that hearings are to be heard through videoconference.

Alina Bica - political asylum requested in Costa Rica. Supreme Court says no political refugee status has been granted, provisional approval expires in 2019

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In a phone conversation with Antena 3 TV, Elena Udrea still claimed she has been granted the political refugee status on March 21 and has the obligation not to leave the territory of Costa Rica. Her statement comes soon after the ICCJ denied the documents sent in court confirm this status.

On March 29, 2017, Elena Udrea was sentenced to six years imprisonment with execution in the ‘Bute Gala’ file for bribery and abuse of office.

On the other hand, Costa Rica seems to become a haven for Romanians having trouble with the law. Last week, Sergiu Diacomantu, former Vice President of the National Agency for Property Restitution (ANRP), announced he is in Costa Rica. He reportedly left the country on April 9 and has not returned, according to sources quoted by antena3.ro. The last photo he posted on social networks was made in the UK on a stadium.

President Klaus Iohannis has signed a decree on Wednesday to recall from office Ion Vîlcu, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to the United Mexican States, the Republic of Nicaragua, the Republic of El Salvador, the Republic of Costa Rica, the Republic of Guatemala and the Honduras, a press release from the Presidential Administration informed.

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