Alexander #Adamescu: On the Run from Bribery Charges, Arrested for Forgery

| March 30, 2018

Wealthy businessman Alexander Adamescu, 39, has been arrested in London for presenting fraudulent documents to a British court as part of his lengthy campaign to dodge extradition back to Romania. He is currently being held in Wandsworth Penitentiary until the next review of his case, set for April 13th.

Adamescu, a German and Romanian national who has lived in London since 2012, has been the subject of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) since June 2016, when the Romanian National Anticorruption Department (DNA) requested that he be extradited to face outstanding bribery charges. According to the DNA, Alexander and his father Dan Adamescu bribed two Bucharest Court judges in June and December 2013 to secure more favourable decisions in insolvency cases involving the family’s extensive business empire.

Pursuant to the EAW, Adamescu was initially detained by the British Metropolitan Police on June 13th, 2016, but was released the following day on bail. His release came under strict conditions, including that he wear an ankle bracelet and surrender his passport to British authorities. Since his release, Adamescu has waged a virulent media campaign in the international press, attempting to portray the charges against him as politically motivated or an attempt to confiscate his sizeable assets.

A key part of Adamescu’s moves to avoid extradition has been arguing that conditions in Romanian prisons are so poor that remanding him there would be inhumane. Adamescu told a Daily Mail journalist on February 1st, 2018 that he had “come up with lots of proof about political motivation, corruption, and the appalling conditions in Romania’s jails”.

The new charges have shed some light on how exactly Adamescu “came up with” this so-called proof. According to multiple Romanian media sources as well as the DNA, on January 31st, 2018, one day before boasting to the Daily Mail about the evidence he had gathered, Adamescu lodged a document with the London court overseeing his extradition proceedings. The document purported to be a letter issued by the Romanian National Administration of Penitentiaries attesting to the poor conditions in the country’s prisons and claiming that Adamescu’s father, who suffered from various ailments, had died due to these “improper conditions”.

Adamescu is now believed to have forged that document, causing London prosecutors to open a dossier against him for using false documents in court. In light of these new charges, the London court revoked Adamescu’s bail on March 2nd, calling for his preventive arrest. Adamescu’s request to have his bail reinstated was rejected on March 23rd by the same court, which was apparently not convinced by Adamescu’s explanations regarding the document’s provenance. He was taken into custody following this decision.

Adamescu confirmed to Romanian media site Ziare.com that his bail had been revoked and that he was being detained by British authorities over questions surrounding the authenticity of a document, though he insisted from behind bars that his name would eventually be cleared.

These developments will undoubtedly cast doubt on other documents Adamescu has submitted to the court, and Romanian newspaper Libertatea reports that his extradition procedures have been accelerated and that he may be returned to face Romanian justice in the near future. If Adamescu did in fact forge documents in an attempt to bolster his case, he may soon find out the weight of the old adage that the cover-up is worse than the crime.

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