High treason criminal offence extended to CSAT members
The special parliamentary sub-commission working on the criminal codes decided in unanimity, yesterday, to introduce the criminal offence of high treason in the case of the members of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) to the draft Penal Code. ‘We have discussed it and now all the CSAT members are happy!’ sub-commission President Victor Ponta said with a touch of irony, according to Agerpres. The MPs thought the liability should be equally applicable to all the members of the CSAT and not just to the president of the country according to the current provisions of the Constitution, and suggested the life sentence as a punishment for high treason. The President of the sub-commission, Victor Ponta, also said the slander and libel could be regulated by a special law. Ponta explained it had been agreed to hold a debate on the unclear circumstances of the two offences with the representatives of the civil society. ‘The Constitutional Court said the two offences had not been constitutionally disincriminated. We don’t know if they are crimes or not, so we need to hold a public debate and see to what extent we need to protect privacy and also make sure we do not restrict the freedom of the mass-media. But we are not going to do it in the Penal Code. There will probably be a special law to regulate the two offences. It wouldn’t have made sense to spoil the entire Penal Code with a discussion on the two offences’, said the Social-Democrat. Asked if the two offences would be regulated by a special law of the press, Ponta said it had not been decided.
Codrin Stefanescu and Marius Marinescu switch to PRM
Former Conservative vice-presidents Marius Marinescu and Codrin Stefanescu yesterday registered with the Greater Romania Party (PRM), where they will occupy vice-resident positions. PRM President Corneliu Vadim Tudor himself made the announcement at a press conference, where he said that Marius Marinescu will also be the party’s spokesman. According to Vadim Tudor, the two left the Conservative party as ’they could no longer stand the duplicity of Dan Voiculescu and Mircea Geoana.’ Codrin Stefanescu had been with PRM eight years ago, when he was excluded from the party following some disagreements with the party leadership.