Romania seeks extradition of national from Cayman

A formal request has been received from Romania for the extradition of Mihai Tanjala, who is in custody in Cayman, Chief Magistrate Nova Hall heard in Summary Court on Tuesday.

The magistrate issued a warrant for Tanjala’s arrest on Oct. 29, and he first appeared in court on Oct. 30, when he was remanded in custody.

He was arrested on evidence that he had been convicted of corruption against the laws of Romania.

The magistrate noted that, in her opinion, information about Tanjala’s conviction was such that it would justify issuing a warrant for the arrest of a person convicted of committing conspiracy in the Cayman Islands.

On Tuesday, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards confirmed that the formal request for extradition had been received.

The attorney who appeared for Tanjala in October applied to come off record. The defendant said he would be applying for legal aid.

The magistrate ordered a warrant for him to be produced from custody again on Dec. 15 at 2:15 p.m.

She also requested an interpreter of the Romanian language.

No information was available as to Tanjala’s age, residence, status on the island, or details of any conviction in Romania.