Ron Weiner, one of the Black Cube employees, accused of intimidation against the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief Laura Codruţa Kovesi, was sentenced on Thursday by the Bucharest Court of Appeal to two years and eight months in prison, on probation.
During the term of supervision, Weiner Ron must report to the Probation Service Bucharest, to receive visits from the probation officer assigned for supervision, to announce in advance, the change of residence and any travel over five days, to communicate the change of job, to submit information and documents so as to enable control of his livelihood and attend a reintegration programme run by the Probation Service Bucharest or organized in collaboration with institutions in the community.
In addition, he is compelled to perform 60 days work in community service within the Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection District 4 Bucharest (maintenance activities, household and furniture reconditioning) or within the Foundation for the Promotion of Community sanctions Bucharest (disassembly and sorting electrical and electronic components).
The sentence is final.
The second Israeli investigated in connection with the same deeds, David Geclowicz, was sentenced by the Bucharest Court to two years on probation on November 16.
Weiner Ron and Geclowicz David were placed under preventive arrest for several months for spying attempt against the Romanian anti-corruption chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi.
They were charged with setting up an organized criminal group, illegal access to an IT system, unauthorized access to informatics data, alteration of data integrity and illegal operations with IT devices and programmes. Subsequently, they were released and placed under house arrest.
Weiner Ron and Geclowicz reportedly signed on October 25 an agreement with DIICOT admitting guilt and were to be sentenced to three years on probation. The two Israelis admitted to their deeds and the agreement was forwarded to the Bucharest Court.
The general manager of Black Cube, Dan Zorella, reportedly said in his deposition in the Black Cube spying file on June 27 that the former intelligence officer Daniel Dragomir had asked the Jewish private intelligence company to investigate corruption suspicions against the anti-corruption chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi.