The Supreme Court has decided on Tuesday to acquit former DIICOT chief prosecutor Alina Bica in the file on the businessman Horia Simu, where Bica had been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in first court for favoring the offender. The ruling is final.
At the same time, the High Court of Cassation and Justice had maintained a previous ruling against Bica, of 4 years in prison in the file where former Economy minister Adriean Videanu had been prosecuted. Videanu has been acquitted. The ruling is also final.
In Horia Simu’s case, DNA has asked for a maximum prison sentence against all defendants. Alina Bicahas been charged with bribe taking in the file of Horia Simu. According to the indictment, in 2014 Serban Pop would have received EUR 230,000 bribe from Horia Simu, in order to intercede with the leadership of the DIICOT, so that the Organized Crime prosecutors should close a criminal file against businessman Simu. Prosecutors say part of the money had reached Bica.
4 years in prison in another file
On the other hand, the Supreme Court magistrates decided to maintain a previous prison sentence (of four years) against Alina Bica in the file where she was accused of favoring the offender. Former Economy minister Adriean Videanu has been acquitted in this case, for the charge of complicity to abuse of office.
Videanu was accused that he had given the shares that were under DIICOT seizure to his wife and child. The shares have been taken from sequester by Alina Bica later on, in February 2014, through an ordinance which broke her legal authority provisions.
Alina Bica fled Romania last year, settling down in Costa Rica.