MAE: Nicolae Popa does not hold a diplomatic passport

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Former manager of Gelsor Nicolae Popa, arrested on Wednesday, in Indonesia, does not hold a diplomatic or a service passport issued by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the ministry informs in a release.

“According to data in Romania’s Embassy to Djakarta archives, Nicolae Popa came on February 1, 2001, to the mission’s headquarters in Djakarta and asked that its tourist passport be prolonged, a year prior to the day when his arrest warrant was issued”, stressed MAE.
Romania’s Embassy to Djakarta extended his passport validity till July 16, 2004, according to the norms in force at that time. The reason presented by the respective Romanian citizen was the need to have a tourist passport valid on a longer period than six-months, so that he could get the Indonesian visa.

As well, MAE pointed out that, following verifications in Romania’s Embassy to Djakarta archives, Nicolae Popa did not request any consular service after the date of February 13, 2001.
“Given that the arrest warrant was issued in January 2002, at the moment of his passport extension validity by Romania’s Embassy to Djakarta Nicolae Popa was not on the list of people placed under any interdictions, so that this consular service was not refused”, said MAE.

President Traian Basescu stated on Friday morning, on Kiss FM, that Mircea Geoana, when Foreign Minister, ordered the release of a passport to Nicolae Popa and that his arrest in Djakarta stirred “a great emotion” in the PSD leader.
The former Gelsor manager Nicolae Popa was arrested on Wednesday, in Indonesia, an international arrest warrant existing on his name since 2002, the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR) informed in a release remitted on Thursday.

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