Asylum in Sweden >>> Extradition request submitted by the Romanian authorities against Gregorian Bivolaru.
April 11, 2005 - The Romanian State submits in Sweden the first extradition request for Gregorian Bivolaru, on account of sexual intercourse with minor. Romanian authorities lost terrain in the attempt to have Mr. Bivolaru extradited when evidence appeared in a press conference (13th of April in Hilton, Hotel, Malmö) that the first warrant issued was based on constructed evidence: A 17-year old girl had been forced, physically and psychologically, to give a false statement about a relationship to Mr. Bivolaru. The girl’s lawyer, Adina Solomon, appeared in the press conference and she explained how the girl had been violated by the authorities in their desperate pursuit for evidence against Mr. Bivolaru.
Friday the 15th of April Romanian police made it official through a press release that they had issued a new warrant in order to strengthen the extradation case. A range of fundamental procedures were violated while issuing the warrant:
- Neither Mr. Bivolaru, nor his lawyers were informed by authorities about the warrant and could therefore not appeal the warrant even though the right to appeal a warrant is a constitutional right.
- When Mr. Bivolarus lawyers attempted to see the contents of the warrant on April 18th they could not get access to Mr. Bivolarus legal file. Therefore they could neither validate the warrant, check if it was real, nor prepare a defence for Mr. Bivolaru.
("The Tribunal of Bucharest has yesterday afternoon in a secret meeting declared a new warrant for preventive arrest on Gregorian Bivolaru" - JURNALUL NATIONAL newspaper, "The warrant on the mentor of MISA was issued yesterday under great secrecy, by the magistrate of the Bucharest Tribunal." EVENIMENTUL ZILEI newspaper, April 16, 2005)
- The warrant itself is illegal since a warrant can only be issued without summon when authorities can’t locate the defendant. Romanian authorities knew that Mr. Bivolaru was in Sweden.
Mr. Bivolarus lawyer Tiberius Barbarcioru states: “I have never seen anything like this since the Ceausescu regime. Procedures that are made to secure my client’s fundamental human rights have been broken. And therefore, so has his fundamental human rights”.
For this second file Gregorian Bivolaru is accused of human beings trafficking together with other 16 persons.
April 26, 2005 - The second extradition request was submitted to Sweden on acount of the second warrant of arrest.