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September 21, 2021
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Patriciu – Basescu slander trial adjourned for September

Sector 1 Court adjourned, on Tuesday, for September 14, the trial brought by the businessman Dinu Patriciu against president Traian Basescu, referring to the video shown in the 2009 election campaign. On this first term, the court discussed some technical aspects. The judge Ioana Sandu asked the lawyer representing Dinu Patriciu to clarify the circumstances in which the video was broadcast. The judge warned journalists present at the trial against presenting a deformed picture of discussions in the courtroom. On leaving the courtroom, Traian Basescu’s lawyer said that, in the president’s opinion, the film should be analyzed by specialists. In the opposite camp, Dinu Patriciu’s lawyer argued the businessman “does not forge recordings, nor distributes forged ones” and does not oppose a confrontation in court with the president Traian Basescu. Dinu Patriciu’s lawyer added his client asks the president Traian Basescu to pay 1 RON-worth of damages, rather than 1 EUR, as it was initially stipulated in the request of the proceedings. On December 3, 2009, Dinu Patriciu sued Traian Basescu, requesting 1 EUR-worth of damages for injury to personal rights. The president Traian Basescu sued, in turn, the businessman, because his image was supposedly affected by the broadcasting of a video which showed him hitting a child at an electoral meeting in Ploiesti, in 2004. On November 28, 2009, Traian Basescu announced he would sue “Gardianul” daily and the businessman Dinu Patriciu. “For lying and for forging shots, I am suing Dinu Patriciu and the daily Gardianul. I’m doing this because they presented a forged video,” Traian Basescu said. “Gardianul” presented shots of a meeting in Ploiesti, during the election campaign of 2004, in which Traian Basescu seemed to have hit a child.

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