The former chief of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Serban Pop, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in Alina Bica’s file, has been apprehended in Como, Italy and incarcerated, digi24.ro reports.
Pop was on international warrant since June 27, not found at his domicile by Police.
He has been spotted in Como, Italy, consequqnt to a Police exchange of information, judicial sources say, quoted by hotnews.ro.
The European arrest warrant is to be implemented, and the Italian courts are to rule on the mandate if he is to be handed to the Romanian authorities. The decision is to be made after the Romanian institutions hand over the documentation.
Serban Pop is currently in the Como penitentiary, the same source informs.
The Supreme Court (ICCJ – High Court of Cassation and Justice) has rejected the appeal filed by the former ANAF head, Serban Pop and by businessman Horia Simu, so they have remained sentenced to the 5 years sentence in prison for influence peddling and 4 years for influence buying respectively, the same source informs.
The ruling were made in Alina Bica’s file, former Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) chief, recently acquitted for bribe taking in Horia Simu’s file.
Alina Bica fled Romania last year, settling down in Costa Rica.
Alina Bica was placed last month on APB warrant for ‘favouring the offender’.
Her photo and information about the warrant are posted on the Romanian Police website, together with more than 1,000 Romanians on APB warrant.
On Bica’s name there is a warrant for serving the sentence in jail issued on June 26 by the Bucharest Court, Criminal Section I.
According to procedures, the Police requested the court to issue a European Arrest Warrant.
The Supreme Court decided on June 26 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 favouring the offender. The ruling is final.
At the same time, the High Court of Cassation and Justice 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.
Alina Bica requested the statute of political refugee in Costa Rica, in January. However, businessman Ovidiu Tender’s wife declared that allegedly she is no longer in Costa Rica, but in Panama.