DIICOT opens criminal file in connection with the Romanian kidnapped in Burkina Faso
DIICOT prosecutors have opened a criminal file and started prosecution in rem on terrorism charges in connection with the kidnapping of the Romanian in Burkina Faso, judicial sources told Agerpres.
On Monday President Klaus Iohannis said that the state authorities have approached with the utmost attention and involvement the case of the Romanian kidnapped in Burkina Faso, pointing out that, in order to be successful the actions in this case should not have too much publicity.
Al-Mourabitoune terrorist group released a video recording by the end of August with the Romanian hostage Iulian Ghergut, a security guard abducted in northern Burkina Faso on April 4, calling for the authorities to negotiate with the kidnappers for his release.
The video record, which lasts less than a minute, is the first sign of the Romanian hostage since his abduction in April.
The image reveals 39 yo bearded Iulian Ghergut speaking in French.
According to the recording, Ghergut is introducing himself, saying he is detained by al-Mourabitoune in Tambao, northern Burkina Faso. He says the message was recorded on August 18. He addresses to his family, presenting his mother’s and father’s names, asking them to do their best to facilitate his release.
He also addressed Pan African Mineral director, the company he was working for when he was kidnapped, then he addressed the governments in Romania and Burkina Faso. The hostage is imploring them to negotiate with the kidnappers to obtain his releasing as soon as possible.
In retort, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the inter-institutional crisis cell is studying the originality of the video recording as a matter of urgency, while confirming the person showing in the record is indeed Romanian citizen Iulian Ghergut.
The crisis cell in Romania consists of the Romanian Foreign Ministry, the Romanian Intelligence Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Romanian Ministry of Defence, the Presidential Administration.
“The crisis cell is studying the authenticity of the video record as a matter of emergency. At the same time, the cell confirms the person appearing in the video record is the Romanian citizen in question. If the veracity of the video is confirmed, we can say the record is reconfirming the information already held by the inter-institutional crisis cell according to which the Romanian citizen is alive and in good health condition,” MAE said.
Iulian Ghergut, responsible for the security of the manganese mine in Tambao, located in Oudalan region, near the border with Mali and Niger, was kidnapped by five armed persons on April 4. The kidnappers attacked a patrol convoy. A gendarme and a driver were injured in the attack nearby the mine exploited by Pan African Minerals, a branch of Timis Corporation, owned by Romanian businessman Frank Timis.