Thursday, December 17, 2020

Paul Lambrino has been sentenced to prison.

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The Brasov Court of Appeal today sentenced six men, including Paul Lambrino (aka Paul al Romaniei), to prison for their roles in the Băneasa Farm case.  

 The 73-year-old Lambrino was sentenced to three years and four months for his role in the "illegal restitution" of former royal property including the Băneasa Farm and the Snagov Forest."  He was charged, along with businessman Remus Truica and several other businessmen, with influence peddling, money laundering, and bribery.  The crimes took place between 2006 and 2013.

Lambrino must also pay back 4 million Euros that he received for the sale of the property that he never owned.

Prosecutors announced in a press release that the property was "claimed without right" by Paul Lambrino.

Earlier this evening, police went to Lambrino's home in Bucharest, but, according to his wife, Lia, he is in Portugal.  The police arrived at his house at 8:30 p.m.   The American-born Lia Lambrino did not speak to the press.  

Bucharest Police are in the process of obtaining a European arrest warrant for Lambrino.

Bucharest police have released a statement regarding Mr. Lambrino. "Regarding the person sentenced to imprisonment, given that he was not found at home, the prosecution procedure begins. The activity of obtaining the European arrest warrant and implicitly of the international pursuit is starting."

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Paul-Philippe Lambrino, who calls himself HRH Prince Paul of Romania, was born on August 13, 1948, in Paris.  He is the only child of the late Carol Lambrino (1920-2006) and Hélène Henriette Nagavitzine.   Carol was the son of King Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino, a Romanian commoner.  He was born after Carol and Zizi's marriage was annulled by the Romanian Supreme Court.    Thus marriage was never approved and Carol and his descendants were not entitled to royal styles.

Lambrino married Lia Georgia Triff in 1996.  They have one son, Carol Ferdinand Lambrino, who was born in 2010.

On Tuesday,  Lambrino released a statement that he was starting the process in Lisbon for succession rights, Here is the translation rights (Google) from that release.

On October 6, 2020, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paul of Romania, accompanied by his distinguished lawyer, Dr. Luis Rolo, was appointed under oath sole bailiff of the entire estate of his grandfather (His Majesty King Carol II of Romania, who died in Estoril in 1953); the rights of succession will be reopened on 21 December 2020 at the Lisbon Tribunal.

"Prince Carol Mircea of ​​Romania (father of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paul of Romania), won the right to be officially named the firstborn son, head of the Royal Family of Romania and head of the Royal House of Romania with 37.5% of his father's fortune His Majesty King Carol II of Romania; his younger brother, the former king Mihai, was entitled to 37.5% and Princess Elena (born Lupescu) was entitled to 25%. Former King Michael of Romania also acknowledged that his older brother was born out of a legal marriage of Crown Prince Carol, later King Charles II of Romania, to Crown Princess Ioana Valentina of Romania. The Portuguese decision of 1955, after the death of His Majesty King Carol II of Romania in 1953.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paul of Romania has accepted this honor of being the sole bailiff of his grandfather's estate and will perform his duties with full respect for the forthcoming decision of the High Court of Portugal. Prince Paul also said he will ensure that all five daughters of former King Michael of Romania, who died in 2017, will be notified and treated equally with 1/5% of the 37.5%, their father's right."

It should be noted that Lambrino is not the Crown Prince of Romania and has no succession rights to the throne. Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Throne, who is the eldest of five daughters of the late King Michael, is the head of the Romanian royal family.  Her position is recognized by the Romanian Government.

The same cannot be said for Paul Lambrino, who will soon be behind bars for corruption.

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