PM Mihai Tudose doesn’t dismiss the head of the Romanian Police : “I asked Despescu to present measures taken in one week; perpetrator, apprehended in two days”

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Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced on Wednesday that he asked the head of the Romanian Police Inspectorate General (IGPR), Bodgan Despescu, to present him in one week the measures taken to solve the situation inside the Romanian Police, pointing out that the agent accused of sexual assault against two minors was apprehended in two days.

“I had a discussion with Mr Bogdan Despescu, he presented me the report (…). I understood from sources that the new proposal has declined the intention to fill in the position. I asked Mr Despescu to present me in one week the measures he took (…) to solve the situation. Which is still to be noted is that the perpetrator was apprehended in two days,” Tudose said.

Prime Minister also said that Bogdan Despescu presented him the activity report, which was ready already since Wednesday morning.

“I understood from sources that the new proposal (Catalin Ionita, proposed by Carmen Dan as the interim head of the Romanian Police – e.n.) has declined the intention to fill in this position. I asked Mr. Predescu to present me in one week the measures he took. Which is still to be noted is that the peretrator was apprehended in two days. Why other measures haven’t been taken, Mr. Despescu has one week to explain to me” PM said at the beginning of the Government meeting.

Bogdan Despescu met PM Mihai Tudose on Wednesday morning at the Government’s headquarter, in order to present to him an activity report.

The head of the Romanian Police has the rank of a State Secretary and the order to dismiss him should be signed by PM Mihai Tudose.

Minister Carmen Dan announced on Tuesday that she sent to the Prime Minister her proposal to dismiss the head of the Romanian Police Bogdan Despescu, who will be replaced by Catalin Ionita as an interim, saying that she is totally dissatisfied by the explanations she received from the Romanian Police in the case of the police officer accused of sexual assault, and that she finds that the announced measures are not sufficient.

The leadership of the Romanian Police announced on Tuesday that the boss of the police officer from the Bucharest Road Brigade accused of sexual assault against two children in the elevator of a building located in Drumul Taberei was dismissed “until the situation will be clarified”, and his substitutes and the psychologist of the unit where the police officer was working will be subject to a disciplinary investigation. The Prosecution Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice was also informed about the beginning of an analysis on the way of handling the cases in which the road police officer is investigated, as well as on the legal measures to be taken depending on its outcome, according to the Romanian Police.

Later, Minister Carmen Dan held a press conference in which she stated that she is totally dissatisfied by the explanations she received from the Romanian Police in the case of the police officer accused by sexual assault and that she finds that the announced measures are not sufficient.

“I found that until today none of the Police heads assumed any responsibility for the fact that the police officer was maintained in his position despite all the cases in which he is a suspect. We discover that the superficiality of the tests led to maintaining people with psychological problems in the system” IntMin stated.

Carmen Dan declared herself dissatisfied by the fact that none of the persons with leading positions in the Romanian Police didn’t publicly appear to give explanations. She announced that she sent to the PM the proposal to dismiss the head of the Romanian Police Bogdan Despescu and that she expects that the head of the Homicide Department of the Bucharest Police, Radu Gavris, as well as the head of the Internal Control Department of the Road Brigade “will take a step backwards”.

The police officer from the Bucharest Road Brigade accused of sexual assault crimes, whose most recent victims are two children living in the 6th district of Bucharest, was preventively arrested for 30 days on Tuesday.

 

Mihai Tudose and Carmen Dan talk after Gov’t meeting

 

Premier Mihai Tudose talked with Interior Minister Carmen Dan after Wednesday’s Government meeting, a meeting in which he announced he will not sack the head of the Romanian Police, as requested by the minister, and asked him for an action plan instead.

The talk between Mihai Tudose and Carmen Dan took place in the Premier’s office at the Victoria Palace, after the Government meeting, and came against the backdrop of the Premier’s announcement that he will not sack the head of the Romanian Police.