Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant ‘tar­get­ing in­no­cent Bri­tish res­i­dent’

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Pa­trick Sawer sup­port­ers el­e­ments

MPs and jus­tice cam­paign­ers have called for ur­gent re­forms to the Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant af­ter claim­ing it is be­ing used by cor­rupt of­fi­cials to tar­get an in­no­cent Bri­tish res­i­dent.

They say the case of a Lon­don-based busi­ness­man who is at risk of be­ing ex­tra­dited to Ro­ma­nia to face “un­founded” bribery charges has high­lighted se­ri­ous flaws in the sys­tem.

Alexander Adamescu, 38, was ar­rested last June and locked up for two nights be­fore be­ing re­leased on bail pend­ing a hear­ing next year.

The Ro­ma­nian au­thor­i­ties are de­mand­ing his ex­tra­di­tion as part of a wider case against Mr Adamescu’s fa­ther, Dan, the pro­pri­etor of the news­pa­per Ro­ma­nia Lib­era, which has long been a thorn in the side of the au­thor­i­ties. But Mr Adamescu’s sup­port­ers say the case against both men has been fab­ri­cated.

A high level re­port by a se­nior fig­ure in Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence, seen by The Daily Tele­graph, says Ro­ma­nia is seek­ing Alexander’s ex­tra­di­tion and trial in an at­tempt to si­lence him. It con­cludes: “There can be lit­tle doubt that Alexander Adamescu is be­ing pur­sued be­cause he is Dan Adamescu’s son.”

Un­der the cur­rent sys­tem Bri­tish courts are not al­lowed to ques­tion the ba­sis on which an EAW has been is­sued.

Gra­ham Day, a Con­ser­va­tive MP, said the case “demon­strates the ur­gent need for the UK to ne­go­ti­ate ex­tra­di­tion ar­range­ments that re­tain ba­sic le­gal safe­guards”.

The Adamescu fam­ily’s claim for­mer-com­mu­nist within the se­cu­rity ser­vices fab­ri­cated a bribery case against the As­tra in­sur­ance com­pany run by Dan Adamescu.

They claim that in 2014 the for­mer prime min­is­ter Vic­tor Ponta in­structed reg­u­la­tors to take con­trol of the firm, which was then liq­ui­dated.

In June last year, 10 days af­ter be­ing de­nounced by Mr Ponta, Mr Adamescu was ar­rested and sub­se­quently jailed for over four years fol­low­ing what his sup­port­ers de­scribed as a “show trial”.

Mr Adamescu told The Daily Tele­graph: “Ro­ma­nia has ac­cused me of be- ing in­volved in a bribery case with no cred­i­ble ev­i­dence. Un­der the EAW sys­tem the Bri­tish courts aren’t al­lowed to look at the ev­i­dence against me, which is just hot air.”

He has writ­ten to Theresa May urg­ing her to press the Ro­ma­nian au­thor­i­ties to with­draw their ex­tra­di­tion re­quest; to sig­nal that the EAW will be re­formed un­der Bri­tain’s Brexit ar­range­ments and cru­cially, to of­fer his fam­ily asy­lum in Bri­tain. No 10 has yet to re­spond di­rectly. The Ro­ma­nian Na­tional Anti-cor- rup­tion Di­rec­torate said Dan Adamescu had re­ceived a fair trial and pointed out that his ap­peal had been dis­missed by the coun­try’s Supreme Court.

Ro­ma­ni­ans voted yes­ter­day in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions that were ex­pected to see Mr Ponta’s party stage a re­mark­able come­back. Mass protests af­ter a night­club fire claimed 64 lives last Oc­to­ber – and which was blamed on cor­rup­tion – forced Mr Ponta and his So­cial Democrats to re­sign. But the party was fore­cast to win with around 40 per cent of the vote.

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