Liberal Senator Tudor Chiuariu said on Tuesday he was suspending himself as a member of the National Liberal Party (PNL).
‘I have decided to suspend myself from the National Liberal Party until the situation regarding the accusations made last week is clarified’, the former Minister of Justice states in a release.
‘I remain loyal to Liberal ideas and values that I have upheld in all political and public offices that I have been in’, Chiuariu stresses.
On Sunday, Alina Gorghiu gave T. Chiuariu until 23 January – the date of the first meeting of the party this year – to resign PNL. Alina Gorghiu made that decision after President Klaus Iohannis had said during the election campaign that Senator Tudor Chiuariu must leave PNL given his conviction on corruption.
Asked during a press conference in Cluj what PNL should do about MPs Akos Mora and Tudor Chiuariu, Klaus Iohannis said it was a legal thing, yet he believed that Tudor Chiuariu ought to resign. ‘The situation is of a legal nature, but I am going to give you an answer which reflects my choice. I believe that Akos Mora ought to leave Parliament, the best thing for him to do would be to resign. If he doesn’t, the Senate should vote to terminate his mandate. As far as Tudor Chiuariu is concerned, a wise gesture on his part would be to quit PNL’, Iohannis was saying in December.
Three years and six months suspended sentence
Ex-Minister of Justice Tudor Chiuariu received a three years and six months suspended sentence from the High Court of Justice and Cassation in the Romanian Post case. He has been also charged with influence peddling, money laundering and joining an organised criminal group in the case regarding the restitution of over 43,000 hectares of forest, where ex-MP Viorel Hrebenciuc, MP Ioan Adam and the recipient of the property, Gheorghe Paltin Sturdza are currently on remand.