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Deputies will decide the fate of Ion Stan after elections

The Chamber of Deputies will rule next week on approving the request to remand the PSD deputy. Without quorum, the Senate took act yesterday of the termination of the mandate of Senator Mircea Diaconu.

The Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies yesterday decided that deputies will meet on December 12 to vote on the request to remand PSD deputy Ion Stan (photo left), after the Law Committee gave its go-ahead Monday. The Law Committee of the Lower House on Monday approved by a 9-to-1 vote the request submitted by the Ministry of Justice to place deputy Ion Stan on remand, under the accusation of influence peddling. The minister of Justice last week sent to Chamber of Deputies speaker Valeriu Zgonea the request of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) about remanding deputy Ion Stan.According to the DNA document, Stan allegedly asked his denouncer to financially help him during the electoral campaign, and promised in exchange to help him obtain contracts financed with public funds.Ion Stan told the members of the Law Committee, during hearings, that it was a case of sponsorship, rather than influence peddling, and the conversations quoted by the accusation document sent to the minister of Justice are not conform to reality, as they were “fragmented and compiled.” According to the report made by the Law Committee, Stan said that the denouncer publicly made an offer of support during the electoral campaign, which was known by his campaign staff and was about to be registered by signing the donation contract. According to the source quoted by Mediafax, Stan added that he did not directly receive the money mentioned in the prosecutor’s document and, instead, asked the denouncer to pay the sums to the party cash desk, in order to be registered in the accounting documents, as requested by the Law on financing political parties.The PSD group of deputies will meet tomorrow to draft a written point of view on the demand to accept the arrest of Ion Stan, who will attend the meeting.The speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea explained yesterday that he acted in the Stan case same as in that of Trasculescu, as all initiatives were conform to the Statute of deputies and senators, the Constitution, the Chamber’s Regulation and the Romanian laws.

Unclear situation in the Diaconu case

The Senate met yesterday to acknowledge the decision of the Constitutional Court on terminating the senator mandate of Mircea Diaconu (photo right), but the decision was made without the quorum demanded by law, as only 25 senators were present in the meeting hall. The decision on vacating the office was not adopted. Opinions are divided with regard to terminating the senator mandate of Diaconu. The leader of PDL senators, Cristian Radulescu said yesterday that, without quorum in the plenum meeting of the Senate, the place held by senator Mircea Diaconu could not be declared as vacant and the respective decision cannot be published by the Official Gazette (MO). On the other hand, the chairman of the Law Committee, Toni Grebla (PSD) considers that the decision on terminating the senator mandate of Mircea Diaconu will be published by the MO and the plenum of the Senate did not need quorum in order to acknowledge it. The president of the National Integrity Agency, Horia Georgescu mentioend that one cannot speak about revoking the senator mandate of Mircea Diaconu until the pertinent decision of the Senate is not published by the MO.Mircea Diaconu loses his mandate in the Senate after the Constitutional Court admitted the notification of the Superior Council of Magistracy about the Senate enforcing the court decision referring to the incompatibility of the politician.

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