21 March 2004

Who stole: Radulescu or Tofan? (Evenimentul Zilei)


Source: http://www.evz.ro/articleprint.php?artid=149637

A less known gentleman asked one of our colleagues the other day how much would cost to have some opinions of his published in 'Evenimentul zilei'. Reporter Ondine Ghergut got frightened. When the gentleman called for the second time she recorded the conversation on the tape. It was about Stefan Radulescu, a name which doesn't say much to our readers. If we are to believe his opponent, well-known businessman Gelu Tofan, Stefan Radulescu

A less known gentleman asked one of our colleagues the other day how much would cost to have some opinions of his published in 'Evenimentul zilei'. Reporter Ondine Ghergut got frightened. When the gentleman called for the second time she recorded the conversation on the tape. It was about Stefan Radulescu, a name which doesn't say much to our readers. If we are to believe his opponent, well-known businessman Gelu Tofan, Stefan Radulescu is one of the richest men in Romania. He owns a large package of shares in Rotrans Turnu-Severin, in a big transport company, in a furniture factory, etc. At the same time, Gelu Tofan claims that all these factories were stolen from him by Stefan Radulescu, the one who had appointed their administrator and to whom he gave some shares. Gelu Tofan also said that he took legal action in court against the irregularities committed by Stefan Radulescuand that they are being dragged out through the prosecutor's office, the police, and the courts for several years. Someone confuses and complicates the trials in an incredible way. For many years, no lawsuit can be brought to an end. 'Evenimentul zilei' in its yesterday issue published two interviews with a Romanian doctor in Germany and the former director of the furniture factory Mobins. They, just like Gelu Tofan, describe us an amazing character, able not just to take over the shares of valuable companies (the tyre factory constructed at Ceausescu's order, which was worth and is currently worth tens of millions of dollars!), but also to twist police officers, prosecutors, as well as the institutions concerned round his little finger.
Even before trying to offer money, Stefan Radulescu told us that Tofan cheated him. Gelu Tofan didn't have anything, unlike him, who owned some trucks. Other than that, no word. Stefan Radulescu was reluctant to answer any questions.
Instead, from the moment when 'Evenimentul zilei' started the investigation related to his case, 'Romania libera' began publishing all sort of shocking information. That Gelu Tofan is under penal investigation, that he dictates communiques to the prosecutor's office, that, in Craiova, the Court of Appeal, covers up his financial schemes. In other words, Gheorghe Tofan is one of the most important criminals of Romania and should arrested. Why our colleagues don't say anything about the litigations between Gelu Tofan and Stefan Radulescu is hard to find out.
In brief: 'Romania libera' published several articles about the thefts committed by Gelu Tofan. In 'Evenimentul zilei' he said that Stefan Radulescu stole four companies from him, out of which two factories and a transport company, which at a certain time was number one in Romania. Another two citizens state the same things said by Gelu Tofan as well.
Unfortunately, apart from the slight proof of bribing (which the 'Evenimentul zilei' reporter also brought to the attention of the national anticorruption prosecutor's office PNA), we haven't learned anything else from Stefan Radulescu. The core of the issue (for us, not for the persons concerned) is different: for how long can the defrauding of a company be investigated? How long will it take a man who complains that a factory was stolen from him to get a final answer from
the justice system? What is lie and what is truth in the different perspective of the two businessmen' To what extent did the prosecutors and policemen probing these accusations become part of a war of nerves? And how come that some defend Radulescu, others defend Tofan, as it seems at a first sight that it is happening with the different viewpoints in 'Romania libera' and 'Evenimentul zilei'?
Will you, country of mystery, be ever able to make a decision: Radulescu stole Tofan his factories or Tofan wants to steal them from Radulescu?

Cornel Nistorescu

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