Paul Lambrino, released and under review

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Paul-Philippe Lambrino, grandson of Romania’s King Carol II via a morganatic marriage, was sentenced to 3-4 years for corruption in Romania in 2019 for illegal restitution of a property, a sentence for which he fled Romania in 2020. He was found in Paris in 2022, though France refused to return him to Romanian legal bodies at the time. Lambrino was ultimately arrested in Malta in April 2024 via a European arrest mandate.

Now, the Malta court has ordered that Paul-Philippe of Romania be placed under judicial control and released on bail after more than 2 months in custody.

Until a final decision is made on his transfer, he will sign into the police station twice a day.

Paul will be unable to leave Malta until his passport is released by the court.

He must also pay a 20,000-euro bail and a 30,000-euro personal guarantee.

The decision was justified by his advanced age (of 75) and by the fact that, according to Maltese law, in such cases, the maximum term of pre-trial detention is 60 days”, the Ministry of Justice said in a release sent to AGERPRES.

According to the quoted source, on June 25, the court of first instance in Malta decided to transfer Paul-Philippe of Romania – but the decision is not final.

„Recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union admitted the request to debate under urgent procedure the preliminary questions referred to it by the Brasov Court of Appeal in the Prince Paul case. The opinion of the European Commission was in agreement with that of the Romanian state. The EC said that a member state cannot refuse to execute a European arrest warrant only because of alleged irregularities in the swearing in of the oath by the convicting judges. In addition, the European Commission has argued that a European Arrest Warrant cannot be refused just because another member state has previously refused the execution of the same EAW”, the Justice Ministry stated.

In 2020, Romania’s High Court of Cassation and Justice sentenced Paul of Romania to three years and four months in prison and businessman Remus Truica to seven years in prison in the case of the illegal property return of the Royal Farm of Baneasa.

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