Judges at the Bucharest Court of Appeal upheld on Friday the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors’ request to replace the measure of judicial control with preventive arrest for 30 days, in the case of businessman Ilie Carabulea, indicted in the ASF-Carpatica file. The court’s decision is not final.
This is not the first time Ilie Carabulea is being arrested: he was detained during March-June 2014 and July-December 2014 and then placed under house arrest, after which he was imposed judicial control. The reason for which prosecutors requested Carabulea’s re-arrest is that he breached several obligations imposed by the court when he was being under judicial control.
According to DNA, after in February 2015 the court ruled Ilie Carabulea to be trialed under judicial control, he continued to convince different people, through facts with clearly intimidating effect, not to testify or give false statements in the trial which was undergoing at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, and through the exertion of further management actions at various companies such as SC Carpatica Asig SA, SC Atlassib SRL or SC Star Motors SRL.
The prosecutors argue that these actions were intended to convince those people that Ilie Carabulea is above the law, that he can break anytime the court rulings, thus persuading them that the finality of the trial will be favorable to him.
Ilie Carabulea was indicted in April 2014 for setting up an organized criminal group, for influence peddling, bribery, for using confidential information in order to obtain undue benefits, for instigating at forgery of documents under private signature.
Ilie Carabulea indirectly owns and controls Carpatica Asig in Sibiu.