Extended remand for the three Romanian citizens involved in the Sky News footage

The High Court for Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court, our note) has decided to extend by 30 days the remand warrants for the three Romanian citizens involved in the footage broadcast by the British Television Sky News regarding an allegedly gun-running case.

On September 2, the Bucharest Court of Appeal decided not to extend the remand for the three and ruled their release from custody and their placing under judicial control, however ICCJ has cancelled the ruling by admitting the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) contestation.

Aurelian Mihai Szanto, Attila Csaba Pantics and Levente Pantics are in remand since August 12, being accused of building an organised crime group, for infringing the weapons and ammunition regime and for spreading false information that are jeopardizing the national security.

“The false information we refer to have prompted the insecurity feeling among the population, while the national public security authorities have made considerable efforts by engaging consistent human and financial resources, precisely to identify the people featuring in this video footage as soon as possible and to eliminate a potential danger situation,” read a DIICOT press release issued in September, which also mentions that investigation was conducted with the support of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

The UK Ambassador in Bucharest, Paul Brummell commented the information, saying that Sky News is a private TV channel, which has nothing to do with the Government in London.

The lawyer of defender Csaba Pantics, one of the three men remanded by DIICOT prosecutors in the Sky News case, stated he would call the judicial authorities to test journalist Stuart Ramsay with a lie detector, to find out if he is telling the truth.

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