Fresh searches were conducted and new hearings have taken place in the Black Cube file, at the offices of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) whereas another person has been remanded, media report.
Judicial sources have told Mediafax that the man detained by DIICOT in the BlackCube file is Daniel Dragomir (photo 2), former chief within the General Directorate for Preventing and Combating Terrorism with the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). There are suspicions that he had brokered the contact between those who wanted to learn about Laura Kovesi and the Black Cube company employees, who allegedly had the mission to spy on her and to intimidate her.
“There is reasonable suspicion that, in order to achieve a specific criminal purpose, through a person, the defendant Dragomir Daniel got in touch with a suspect in the file, representative of the Israeli company ‘Black Cube’, with whom he shared his strategy and purpose, namely the denigration of the persons whom he considered responsible for indicting him by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA),” a DIICOT release reads.
The operation aiming at denigrating DNA chief Kovesi was named ‘Tornado’, hotnews.ro informs.
DIICOT announced that Daniel Dragomir has been detained, being charged with the offense of organizing a criminal group, instigation to illegal access to an information system, instigation to unauthorized data transfer, instigation to illegal operations with information devices and programmes, instigation to information forgery and instigation to violate the correspondence secrecy.
Daniel Dragomir was sent to court in 2015 by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), being charged with influence peddling and money laundering.
GBP 900,000 contract, sources say
The former SRI Officer allegedly signed a contract with Black Cube amounting to GBP 900,000, judicial sources have told hotnews.ro.
The same sources claim Dragomir was only an intermediary, as the former officer did not have marge amounts of money.
According to information coming from the investigation, there are several ‘moguls’ that have put the money at stake, as takings were made from individuals investigated for corruption deeds.
DIICOT mentioned in its September 14 release that Daniel Dragomir met one of the suspects in the file and allegedly have talked about the ‘persons behind the operation.’
Currently Adrian Sarbu, Dan Adamescu, Sebastian Ghita, Dan Voiculescu, Dan Diaconescu and Sorin Ovidiu Vantu are investigated by DNA or are prosecuted for various charges, some of them being already sentenced, the same source informs.
According to a release sent on Wednesday by DIICOT, Daniel Dragomir got in touch, through a certain person, with an official of the Black Cube Israeli Company, whom he shared his strategy and his goal with, respectively the defamation of some persons that he considered responsible for his having been sent to court by the National Anticorruption Directorate.
In the Black Cube file one person is under house arrest and a second one under judicial control. Previously, both of them had been placed under house arrest, digi24.ro reports.
DIICOT prosecutors conducted hearings in Israel as well during August and have reportedly returned to the country with important evidence. They have had talks with Black Cube representatives, the company charged with trying to spy on the DNA chief Laura Codruta Kovesi.
The Bucharest Court ruled last month to keep the two Israeli citizens indicted for harassing chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi, under house arrest.
According to the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), Ron Weiner is charged with multiple felonies including establishing an organized crime group, illegal access to a computer network, repeated unauthorized transfer of computer data, illegal operations involving hardware and software.
David Geclowicz was also indicted for multiple felonies, including establishing an organized crime group, complicity to illegal access to a computer network, complicity to unauthorized transfer of computer data, complicity in altering computer data and complicity to illegal hardware and software operations.
“In this regard, there is suspicion that, during March 2016, two people with high-ranking positions inside an Israeli company that had branches both in Tel Aviv (Israel) and London (UK) together with several company employees, including the two accused, Weiner Ron and Geclowicz David, initiated and established an organized crime group in order to commit several felonies, respectively harassment and computer crimes, consisting in making multiple threatening and harassing phone calls causing distress, as well as phishing attacks in order to steal access credentials and compromise e-mail accounts, in violating the secrete of correspondence, unlawful copying and transferring its content,” prosecutors in DIICOT claim.
As part of the group, Ron Weiner and David Geclowicz had specific tasks and roles. Weiner was in charge of the technical and computer-related part of their activity, as he was trained in the field, and he dealt with the phishing attacks and compromising the e-mails accounts, while Geclowicz had previously contacted Kovesi’s family and relatives to obtain contact data and the e-mail addresses targeted.
DIICOT also claims that Weiner logged in with the accounts’ owners credentials, repeatedly unlawfully (without the authorization/consent of the account owners) accessed three people’s e-mail inbox (the space awarded by the e-mail service provider to the client) by breaching security features.