Interior minister Marcel Vela, has announced on Thursday that the chief commissioner retired Traian Berbeceanu, former chief of the Organized Crime Brigade in Alba from 2005 to 2013, was named his head of office as of next week.
In retort, Berbeceanu said the appointment is honouring and making him responsible, while announcing a hard work period is coming.
“Minister Marcel Vela’s proposal is honouring me and is making me responsible at the same time! We need hard work and a lot of determination from now on. And we count on the support of all professional people in the Romanian Police! It’s going to be OK”, Berbeceanu posted on Facebook.
Berbeceanu was acquitted in June 2016 in a case that has been allegedly set up to him. He was charged with money laundering, bribe taking, forgery and setting up an organized criminal group, but subsequent investigation revealed that the case had been framed to him in order to block his own investigations into the the local organized crime groups.
Berbeceanu had to resign from the helm of the Organized Crime Brigade Alba in 2013. He was even arrested from October 24, 2013 until November 26, 2013. More precisely, he had been accused of supporting a criminal group suspected of tax evasion with oil products, with a prejudice mounting to over EUR 3.5 M.
On the other hand, the former chief prosecutor of DIICOT Alba, Ioan Muresan and another prosecutor in the same structure, Nicolae Ioan Cean were sentenced to 7 and 2 years respectively in prison for committing several illegalities when they had investigated Berbeceanu.