Supreme Court cancels the sentence of 4 years in prison against ex-DIICOT head Alina Bica, rules for the appeal’s re-trial

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The High Court of Cassation and Justice (Romania’s Supreme Court) has ruled on Tuesday to admit the appeal file by former chief prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), Alina Bica and decided to write off part of the sentence of four years in jail against her. The Supreme Court has also ruled for an appeal’s re-trial.

Alina Bica has filed an appeal against the ruling pronounced by a Supreme Court’s five-judge panel in June 2018. The former DIICOT had had been then sentenced by a final ruling to 4 years in prison for aiding and abetting.

Magistrates have also decided to cancel part of the criminal sentence regarding only Alina Bica in this file and set a new court hearing on May 20, 2019 for the re-trial of her appeals. Judges have also summoned Alina Bica for hearings on May 20.

Alina Bica, who has fled to Costa Rica, has recently stated in a TV phone intervention that she would not return to Romania anymore.

Bica, next to former Tourism minister, Elna Udrea, also settled down in Costa Rica, had been imprisoned in this country in the autumn pf last year, but they were released before Christmas.


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