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Final verdict: Dan Voiculescu collaborated with the Securitate

The conservative’s answer was similarly straightforward: “This case will be settled in the ECHR”.

After five years of trials and adjournments, magistrates have passed a verdict on the case involving Dan Voiculescu’s collaboration with the Securitate. Judges with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) irrevocably decided yesterday that the former leader of the Conservative Party (PC) had been a Securitate collaborator under the code name “Felix”, confirming the verdict handed down by the Bucharest Court of Appeal, and therefore rejecting Voiculescu’s appeal against the August 2006 decision by the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS).


Dan Voiculescu’s reaction to the verdict was swift. “This case will be settled in the ECHR !”, HotNews quoted Dan Voiculescu as writing on his personal blog, adding that the verdict was absolutely unfair and reflected the pressures put on the magistrates. “The ICCJ provides me with the opportunity to put this case before a European court that is absolutely independent, and beyond any suspicion,” Voiculescu wrote on his blog. “Anyway, by upholding the Court of Appeal verdict, the Supreme Court has actually rejected all the charges pressed against me, except for my telling the director of the foreign trade company I was working for at the time that an Austrian national pressured me to flee the country. That’s all left of the “collaboration myth”, the huge soap bubble that has been propagandistically inflated for the past five years: my refusal to leave the country. Obviously, this episode bears no connection with the Securitate whatsoever. All the other charges have been rendered baseless by Justice, and those who will keep bringing them into play will be held accountable both civilly and penally!”, Voiculescu also said.


SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, LIBERALS PLAY DOWN THE VERDICT


Victor Ponta, president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), said that the verdict in the Dan Voiculescu case has no relevance to what is happening in Romania now. Ponta said he is not interested in what certain people had done before 1989, but what those people are doing today. “I don’t reproach even to Traian Basescu that he had been a Securitate employee before 1989, but what he is doing now, in 2011. The Voiculescu case is a topic irrelevant for what is happening in Romania in 2011. Former premier Adrian Nastase too expressed the view that there is a connection between Voiculescu’s control over Antena 3, “a TV news channel hostile to the ruling power”, and yesterday’s ruling.


PSD Secretary General, Liviu Dragnea also said the decision does not affect at all the Social Liberal Union (USL), as “it is not the biggest issue in Romania”.


The same opinion was expressed by Liberals’ spokesperson, Mihai Voicu who said the verdict is not relevant for USL is constituted between parties, and not persons. Contrary the Liberals’ official stand, PNL Deputy Ludovic Orban suggested that Voiculescu should step aside politics and any public positions for not affecting PNL and USL.


As a matter of fact, PDL Deputy Sulfina Barbu urged PNL to ask for Voiculescu’s exclusion from the Social Liberal Union. “PNL has the moral duty to ask for Voiculescu’s voting out. “Public opinion expects PNL to be intransigent to Voiculescu, as it was to Mona Musca (leading Liberal female politician, put on the shelf after she got a Securitate collaborator verdict). If they let go a person so devoted to their party so easily, PNL must have no problem in giving up Voiculescu”, said Barbu.

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