Fugitive Romanian prince sparks legal storm on sun-drenched island – POLITICO

Fugitive Romanian prince sparks legal storm on sun-drenched island – POLITICO

“The Minister of Justice wants it as a trophy to support her campaign for the presidential elections in December,” he added. “This is the long and short of it.”

Romanian Justice Minister Alina-Ștefania Gorghiu has so far not announced her candidacy for president.

Gorghiu’s spokesperson said she was “interested in all ‘fugitives’, regardless of the name of a particular person,” and that her only goal was to “bring back all those who are trying to escape the long arm of justice.”

“We are confident that the objectives of mutual trust and cooperation” between Romania and Malta “will be achieved,” the spokesperson added.

The Maltese authorities did not respond to a request for comment.

Paul Philippe is the grandson of King Carol II, who ruled Romania from 1930 until his abdication in 1940. The monarchy was abolished in 1947 by the communist regime and the royal family was expelled, but today the monarchy still enjoys much of its former status and splendor.

A Romanian court recognized Paul Philippe’s princely descent in 2012, but he is not a member of the Romanian royal family.

He fled the country after Romanian authorities convicted him and several others for participating in an illegal restitution and influence operation involving the Snagov Forest and the Băneasa royal farm, real estate formerly owned by the royal family, which cost the Romanian state €145 million.