Horațiu Potra

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Horațiu Potra
Nickname(s)Lieutenant Henry
Mediaș, Romania

Horațiu Potra is a Romanian mercenary born in Mediaș.


Militant in the French Foreign Legion from 1992 to 1997, he became, at the end of the 1990s, head of personal security for the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.[1].

In 2002-2003, he was an instructor of the presidential guard of President Ange-Félix Patassé in the Central African Republic where he allied himself with the Chadians Mahamat Garfa and Mahamat Abbo Sileck, the Central African Abdoulaye Miskine and the Congolese Jean-Pierre Bemba. He operated under the pseudonym "Lieutenant Henry". Taken prisoner by François Bozizé's men, he managed to escape and was evacuated by the French army[2].

He then founded a private security company, RALF-ROLE (Românii care auActivat în Legiunea Franceză - Romania Foreign Legion) and began trading in diamonds between Sierra Leone, Brussels, Antwerp and Tel Aviv[3].

In 2009, he welcomed the Chadian rebel Mahamat Abbo Sileck in a training camp in Romania.

In 2010, he was named by a few newspapers that he was indicted by the Romanian courts for trafficking in cannabis and trafficking in arms[4][5] but later it was discovered by the court judgement that he had only a gun at home without permission.[6]

In 2011-2012, he was Chief Safety Officer of the Tonkolini Mine of African Minerals Limited, near Bumbuna in Sierra Leone.

In early 2012, he negotiated with the Chadian Baba Laddé to overthrow François Bozizé and Idriss Déby.

On April 4, 2015, while in charge of the security of the Tambao manganese mine in northern Burkina Faso, his employee Iulian Gherguț was kidnapped and taken to northern Mali[7], a kidnapping claimed by the Al-Mourabitoune group from Mokhtar Belmokhtar[8]. The two men worked in the mines of Romanian billionaire Frank Timiș.


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  2. "Wikiwix's cache". archive.wikiwix.com. Retrieved 2020-09-29. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  3. Maine, Gazeta de (2013-03-26). "U.M. SADU FIEF AL TRAFICULUI DE MUNIŢIE ŞI MERCUR. ROM NIA- VIKTOR BOUT, HORAŢIU POTRA ŞI MUNIŢIE PENTRU TERORIŞTII DIN SUA". Gazeta de Mâine (in română). Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  4. "Incursiune in viata secreta a celui mai bogat roman! Marturisiri halucinante despre seful garzilor sale de corp!". Cancan.ro (in română). 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  5. Test (2010-10-01). "Police dismantle drug-trafficking paramilitary group". Nine O' Clock. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  7. "Burkina Faso: un expatrié roumain enlevé par des hommes armés". RFI (in français). 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  8. "Iulian Gherguţ, de negăsit. Nemţeanul ar fi avut legături cu Legiunea Străină". romaniatv.net. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2020-09-29.

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