Dan Adamescu was “killed” by judges and prosecutors, says ex-president Basescu

Newsroom 25/01/2017 | 09:25

The former president Traian Basescu says that the Romanian millionaire Dan Adamescu, who was serving a jail sentence of 4 years and 4 months, was killed by the “contempt for life of prosecutors and judges”.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Basescu claimed that Adamescu should have gotten out of jail earlier because he was very sick.

“The DNA prosecutors had all the medical papers of the man, the papers that proved the critical health situation. However, they continued to ask for him to remain in jail. Moreover, his health situation worsened by the disease he got in jail. In addition, the judges, who had the same papers, but who were obedient and frightened by the pressure of the DNA prosecutors, kept him in jail although the man was weakened by the disease,” said Basescu.

According to Adamescu’s son, Alexander, the millionaire was killed by an aggressive infection that he got while he was locked up in jail. London-based Alexander Adamescu is also wanted by Romanian anti-graft prosecutors, who accuse him of having bribed judges together with his father.

The son of the former businessman rejected these claims, suggesting this was all conspiracy designed by the Romanian state to destroy the Nova Group, the empire built by Dan Adamescu.

Basescu added that Adamescu was not “his billionaire”, as some of the media outlets accused the former businessman. The leader of the PMP party added he met with Adamescu only once, when he was the head of state, to discuss about the potential of private healthcare insurance products.

The former president of Romania has been a staunch critic of what he calls abuses of the judiciary, claiming that all people should have the right to a fair trial.

The head of Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, indirectly referred to Adamescu’s situation, claiming that from “what I know, that man was not sentenced to death”. Dragnea made this comment on the back of ongoing controversies regarding the draft pardon bill, which would free up to 3,000 prisoners.

Ovidiu Posirca

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