Tycoon Dan Voiculescu can be released from prison, magistrates from the District 5 Court in Bucharest have ruled on Thursday evening. Voiculescu was sentenced to ten years in prison for money laundering. The ruling is yet not final and can be challenged in a different court in the upcoming three days.
Former senator Voiculescu wasn’t brought in court on Thursday’s hearing upon his request.
Voiculescu has asked judges for the second time to release him on parole, although the special committee of the Rahova Penitentiary has vetoed his request for release. Voiculescu’s lawyer argued the former senator has no disciplinary correction and has worked in prison and he also wrote some books.
“He had a normal behavior, attended the activities in the penitentiary, is 71-year-old and he is suffering from several diseases, which are proven by documents. Dan Voiculescu doesn’t need redress. He has a solid education, he has probably understood he had broken the law,” the lawyer said.
In retort, the anti-corruption prosecutor told magistrates upon the District 5 court that there are no proves that Dan Voiculescu would have drafted the scientific works in jail. The DNA representative also said that Voiculescu “is a profiteer of the legislative gaps”, while asking judges to reject the request for release on parole.
Early this year, the court rejected Voiculescu’s first request for release on parole.
In August 2015 the Bucharest Court of Appeal sentenced businessman Dan Voiculescu to 10 years in prison in connection to the case involving the privatisation of the Food Research Institute (ICA).