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Tanjala returned to Romania

A former Romanian politicians has been returned to his home country, ending his yearlong fight to remain in Cayman.

Mihai Tanjala, who turns 59 on 5 November, was discovered living illegally in Cayman in October 2015, four years after being convicted in Romania of a crime and sentenced to five years imprisonment. Mr. Tanjala was the head of Romania’s secret police during the reign of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Mr. Tanjala was convicted in a case that in Cayman equates with theft and conspiracy to defraud. The current Romanian government said he was the beneficial owner of a factory and a mansion who orchestrated the sale of the assets to a second party for a low price and then was the financial beneficiary when they were sold to a third party for an inflated price. Mr. Tanjala refutes the charges and says his property was confiscated by the government. He told the Immigration Appeals Tribunal that he faced torture or death if he was returned.

The tribunal determined that his conviction was proper and sent him back to Romania last month.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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