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February 27, 2021

DNA abusive interceptions in ECHR judge case under parliament commission scrutiny

Senators Sorin Rosca Stanescu and Corneliu Dobritoiu gathered all the required signatures for setting up a commission to probe the abusive communications interception by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) in the case of Corneliu Birsan, Romanian judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and his wife, Gabriela Birsan, sitting at the Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), Lumeajustitiei.ro informs. The source notes the two senators have gathered over 70 support signatures from their colleagues in Parliament, which enables them to set up the investigation commission by the end of the week. ’Today (yesterday – a/n), the merged Bureaus of the two Chambers will receive my proposal for setting up a commission made up of 15 senators. I hope this exceptionally grievous case will be solved in the shortest time possible’, states a press release signed by PNL Senator Sorin Rosca Stanescu. On March 5, Judge Corneliu Birsan said on Antena 3TV he and his wife’s communications had been illegally intercepted and voiced his indignation as a citizen whose fundamental rights had been violated about the fact that even private conversations between him and his wife had been taped. The ECHR judge claims the interception had been authorised under a national security warrant , which is against the European Convention on Human Rights as established in the 2007 ‘Popescu vs Romania’ case heard by ECHR.

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