POLITICS

Basescu called to testify in court

The president Traian Basescu was summoned to court, on May 18, by the Bucharest District 5 Court, after he sued the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Deputy Mugurel Surupaceanu, for the allegations the latter had made, some time ago, against the Presidency and Government, accusing them of being partial to the consumption of light drugs. In fact, the PSD Deputy claimed, in a press conference, that certain Democrat-Liberal interest groups, from within the Boc Cabinet, were involved in the light drugs traffic. Surupaceanu argued, at the time, that the Executive had issued an ordinance regarding the consumption of ethnobotanic drugs which allowed traders to destroy their stock on their own, which would have granted them the opportunity to sell their merchandise on the black market.

The president sued Surupaceanu, requesting symbolic damages, of RON 1. Mugurel Surupaceanu stated, yesterday, for Mediafax, that the court had allowed his request to summon the president Traian Basescu to a hearing, in the suit the president had filed against him. The Deputy added he had filed this request for the hearing of the president so the latter could provide an explanation regarding the accusations brought against him.

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