Prince Paul of Romania, businessman Remus Truica get rid of judicial control
The court decided to partially lift legal restrictions for several persons prosecuted in the Baneasa farm illegal retrocessions case. Among them, there is also prince Paul of Romania, businessman Remus Truica, journalist Dan Andronic, Andrei Marcovici, Nela Păvăloiu, Niculae Dima. Remus Truica and Prince Paul of Romania are allowed to leave Romania without the prosecution body’s previous consent.
Businessman Truica Remus and Prince Paul of Romania were indicted on May 18 by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors in the illegal restitution file.
Remus Truica is accused of influence peddling, money laundering, establishment of an organized criminal group, bribery and complicity to abuse of office.
Prince Paul of Romania is accused of influence buying, money laundering and complicity to abuse of office.
Businessman Remus Truica, defendant in the illegal land restitution file of Baneasa Farm, along with Prince Paul, Dan Andronic and others, was pulling the strings in 2008 for Prince Paul to get a government job, similar to the one of Prince Radu Duda, the son-in-law of King Mihai.
Truica intended to prove his business partners he has the necessary political levers to get the positive decisions regarding restitutions, by which the damages to the state amount to EUR 136 million, local newspapers reported.
Radu Duda was the government’s Special Representative for Integration during September 2002-September 2008, during Prime Ministers Adrian Nastase and Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
Baneasa Farm was returned to Paul of Romania, as heir of Carol II, when the members of the Land Fund of the Bucharest City Hall, headed then by Adriean Videanu, recommended the Institute for Plants Research in Romania (ICPR) to return the land.
The institute’s Board of Directors decided to approve the land return, although at the time Paul Lambrino (Prince Paul) was not yet legal heir of King Carol II.
The plot of land was only formally handed to Prince Paul of Romania, as he had already sold the rights on the property to the company Reciplia SRL for EUR 4 million.
Paul-Philippe Hohenzollern (born August 13, 1948), also known as Prince Paul of Romania and Paul Lambrino, is the son of Carol Lambrino and Hélène Nagavitzine. His father was the elder son of King Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino. Hohenzollern claims that he and not the former King Michael is the rightful head of the royal house of Romania, Wikipedia.org informs.
Born in Paris, Paul Hohenzollern attended a Jesuit school. He was thirteen years old when his father married an American woman and the family moved to London to be nearer to European royalty. He started school at Gordonstoun while Charles, Prince of Wales was attending, then moving on to Millfield. He has worked as an art dealer and property developer. In 1996, at Casin Church, he married Lia Triff, a native of Dearborn, Michigan, who had previously divorced lawyer Melvin Belli. The couple have one child, Carol Ferdinand; the infant was baptized in 2010, with former President Traian Basescu taking on the role of godfather.
Hohenzollern claims to be the rightful head of Romania’s royal house on the grounds that Prince Carol’s marriage to Zizi Lambrino, carried out in a religious ceremony in Odessa, was never annulled in an Orthodox Church, thus rendering his subsequent marriages bigamous. Nevertheless, he states that he accepts Romania’s republican form of government and does not wish to see the monarchy restored. He also points to a 1955 decision by a court in Lisbon recognizing Carol Lambrino as King Carol’s first son and granting him full succession rights, a decision upheld in 1957 and 1963 in France and the following year in the United Kingdom. The latter ruling entitled Carol Lambrino to a British passport under the style “Prince of Hohenzollern, Prince of Romania”.
He filed suit in Romania in 1991 against King Mihai I. The case reached its conclusion in February 2012, when the High Court of Cassation and Justice extended to Romania the Lisbon court’s decision recognizing Carol Lambrino as the son of King Carol II. The ruling has unclear implications with regard to both throne and property succession.