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May 24, 2022

PRM leader to face criminal probe over party eviction incidents

Greater Romania Party (PRM) leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor will face a criminal probe following Tuesday incidents during his party’s evacuation from its central headquarters, when he insulted the legal executor who came to enforce the eviction order, Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi said yesterday, according to Realitatea.net.

When asked whether the European Parliament needs to give approval for such an investigation, given that Vadim Tudor is an MEP, Kovesi replied that a MEP has the same sort of immunity as national lawmakers and that a probe does not yet require any special authorisation.

Legal executor Paula Daniela Somaldoc, accompanied by police and gendarmes, arrived at the PRM headquarters on Tuesday morning to evict the party. The move generated a full-blown scandal, with Vadim Tudor hurling insults and even spraying water on the legal executor. He also insulted police officers present. The PRM leader threatened to sue the legal executor and again reiterated his belief that it was President Traian Basescu behind the authorities’ ‘abusive’ eviction action.

After more than 15 hours of scandal and quarrels, the PRM central branch was evicted from its headquarters on Tuesday night, with Vadim Tudor and the other members present accepting to leave the building in order to “avoid violence.” “I decided that the wisest gives in, for the time being, because of tomorrow (e.n. yesterday) we will bomb them with lawsuits and court actions,” Vadim Tudor said upon leaving the building, according to Mediafax. He explained that he made this decision in order to avoid unnecessary violence against party members and the stray dogs given shelter in the building’s yard.
In his turn, PRM Vice President Codrin Stefanescu told Agerpres that the law enforcement agents present with the legal executor to evict party members made excessive use of force, even against female members.

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