General Prosecutor’s request in the Silaghi case, sent to the Judiciary Committee of the Chamber of Deputies
The permanent bureau of the Chamber of Deputies sent yesterday to the Judiciary Committee for analyzing the request of the General Prosecutor for criminal prosecution of MP Ovidiu Silaghi and the report of the National Integrity Agency regarding the incompatibility of Liviu Harbuz. The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea said, at the end of the Permanent Bureau meeting, that the accused deputies must be investigated by the Judiciary Committee, this being the Parliamentary procedure, and in a relatively short time, “convenient for everybody”, the committee will present a report that the Permanent Bureau will sent to be debated and voted in the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies. “To simplify the situation, during this session, we must adopt a new Regulation Code of the Chamber of Deputies and a Code of Conduct for the deputies and senators that should address these very questions, namely what happens to a MP and what are the terms for him being declared incompatible or in a conflict of interest, when his immunity can be removed and when criminal charges can be made against him, what terms each committee has to respect keeping the proportions and having in view the hearing of the deputy. I will ask the Judiciary Committee to be very fast, so that no one could accuse us of obstructing justice”, Zgonea said. Earlier, the Vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies, the PDL member Ioan Oltean, has said that the Judiciary Committee is expected to prepare the report in 30 days. The General Prosecutor of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) requested, on August 19, for the Chamber of Deputies to begin the procedures for the initiation of the prosecution against Ovidiu Silaghi for influence peddling. DNA says that Ovidiu Silaghi is accused for illegal acts during the period he has been Minister of Transportation (May -December 2012). To be more precise, the prosecutors accuse Silaghi of asking businessman Nelu Iordache, Romstrade administrator, to pay him 200,000 Euros in order to intervene in the National Motorway and National Roads Company in Romania in favor of certain contracts of the Blue Air owner.