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Lower Chamber to decide on November 20 whether it consents to Trasculescu’s arrest

Alin Trasculescu is charged with intercession and instigating money laundering.

The Lower Chamber will decide on November 20 whether to approve the prosecutor’s request to consent to MP Alin Trasculescu being placed under preventive arrest, Speaker of the Lower Chamber Valeriu Zgonea announced yesterday. He pointed out, following the meeting of the Lower Chamber’s Permanent Bureau, that it was decided that the juridical commission will express its point of view by Saturday. Zgonea stated that he will put at the juridical commission’s disposal all the documents received from the Justice Ministry, as well as the prosecutor’s request to have the MP placed under preventive arrest. “On Saturday, the moment the Permanent Bureau receives it from the Juridical Commission, the document will be sent, along with the request, to the PDL group, the latter set to express a point of view within five days at most. We decided, along with the leader of the PDL group, that the vote will take place on Tuesday, at noon, so that we could summon all MPs for this delicate and, if you want, embarrassing issue for the Romanian Parliament,” the Speaker of the Lower Chamber pointed out, adding that the decision will be taken with a majority of votes. “We have 20 days at most to reach a decision. I remind you that in previous years we waited up to 11 months before we took such a decision, something that ran counter to the Statute and the Regulations,” Zgonea stated. He added that if he were in MP Alin Trasculescu’s shoes he would resign in order to put himself at the disposal of the judiciary and in order to help Parliament become more respected. The head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) asked the Justice Ministry on Tuesday evening to ask Parliament to consent to Alin Trasculescu’s arrest, the MP being charged with intercession and fraud. Justice Minister Mona Pivniceru sent the DNA request to the Speaker of the Lower Chamber on the same day.

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