Alina Bica, Dorin Cocos could be released from jail

Judges of the Romanian Supreme Court decided to place former DIICOT Chief Prosecutor Alina Bica (photo) and businessman Dorin Cocos under house arrest in Bica 2 file. Yet, the ruling is not final and can be challenged by the anti-corruption prosecutors in 48 hours.

Dorin Cocos was placed under house arrest also in the Microsoft file, while Alina Bica was placed under house arrest in her previous case, Bica 1 file.

Alina Bica asked the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice to be released from jail and placed under house arrest, because of the hard conditions in jail. The former organized crime chief prosecutor argued she felt threatened, as several female inmates imprisoned in the same arrest center were incarcerated following cases investigated by the Directorate for Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation (DIICOT) while the institution was run by Bica.

In Bica 2 file, Alina Bica, Dorin Cocos, Alin Cocos and former Economy minister Adriean Videanu were prosecuted in February. At present, only Bica and Cocos are still behind bars, as Alin Cocos is under house arrest and Videanu is subject to legal restrictions pending trial.

Alina Bica is charged with bribery. She is accused of taking a land property as bribe in exchange for compensations she gave to businessman Gheorghe Stelian and for helping businessman Ovidiu Tender in a file he was prosecuted and also for abuse of office in Videanu’s case.

Dorin Cocos is charhged with influence peddling and bribery.

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