Remus Truica, Paul Phillipe of Romania Sentenced to Prison in Baneasa Royal Farm Retrocession Case

The Brasov Court of Appeal decided on Thursday to sentence businessman Remus Truica and Paul Phillipe of Romania, a descendant of King Carol II, to four years and three years in prison respectively, in a case regarding the illegal retrocession of the Baneasa Royal Farm and the Snagov Forest.

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Remus Truica, Paul Phillipe of Romania Sentenced to Prison in Baneasa Royal Farm Retrocession Case

In the same case, Israeli-born businessmen Tal Silberstein, Moshe Agavi and Benny Steinmetz, businessman/journalist Dan Andronic and three other culprits were acquitted of all charges.

The decision is not final and can be appealed.

The court sentenced Remus Truica on charges of influence peddling, while Paul Phillipe, who has claimed in the past to be the heir to the Romanian royal family, was sentenced for purchasing influence.

The case was arraigned in 2016, as prosecutors accused the culprits of forming an organized crime group between 2006 and 2013 meant to obtain Paul Phillipe of Romania former royal properties such as the Snagov Forest and the Baneasa Royal Farm by bribing competent authorities to allow a retrocession.

According to the indictment, the other suspects conspired to take over the properties illegally claimed by the former king’s descendant. The illegal retrocessions caused damages estimated ay more than EUR145 million.

Paul Phillipe of Romania was recognized in court as a descendant and heir of King Carol II of Romania, being his grandson from one of the former monarch’s unrecognized marriages. However, he is not recognized as part of Romania’s royal family, despite claiming to be the actual heir to the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.

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