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August 5, 2021

A new transcript in Hayssam file stirs media interest

The daily “Gardianul” published last Friday the transcript of a discussion from September 2005 between Omar Hayssam and General Constantin Degeratu, adviser on security problems at the Presidency. Hayssam allegedly said that President promised his freedom if the Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq are released.

Traian Basescu turned down the allegation and slammed Degeratu and PSD for conducting a dirty campaign.

“(…) Embarrassing is the fact that the words of an offender are used against the President of Romania, of an offender who has lied the Romanians for a long time. The words of someone who was going on the same plane with President Ion Iliescu, and who has never been on the plane with which President Traian Basescu has flown. You know, besides Omar Hayssan, Fathi Taher, there were the PSD cronies. The words of a PSD member are used against the President of Romania. This is a type of dirty campaign (…),” Basescu said.

On another hand, General Constantin Degeratu denied the existence of transcripts of his discussions with Hayssam. According to Realitatea TV, Degeratu said that he saw them first in the newspaper and was assured by the prosecutor general from that time that there wasn’t any recording of his discussion with Omar Hayssam. The general confirmed on Realitatea TV that he met with the Syrian at the General Prosecutor’s Office, on Basescu’s order.

The president of PSD Bucuresti, Marian Vanghelie, announced yesterday that he will ask for the disclosure of Omar Hayssam’s file, in order to establish whether Traian Basescu agreed with the departure of the Syrian businessman out of Romania or not. At the same time, according to Mediafax, the vice president of the Commission on defence from the Chamber of Deputies, George Scutaru from PNL, will request the urgent questioning of general Degeratu who must explain why he met with Omar Hayssam and will request from President Basescu public explanations regarding his connections with the Syrian businessman.

State to pay EUR 2 m damages to romanian hostage

Ovidiu Ohanesian, one of the three Romanian reporters kidnapped in Iraq, who sued the state for the impossibility to enforce the ruling condemning the Syrian Omar Hayssam to pay him damages of EUR 2 M, adjudicated the case. The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled last Friday that the solution is final and irrevocable.

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