The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) announced the start of criminal prosecution against former Senator and current Constitutional Court judge Toni Grebla for several crimes, influence peddling and receiving undue benefits included.
Judge Grebla brought to DNA premises on a warrant, says the hearing is not linked with his activity at the Court
Romania’s Constitutional Court [CCR] judge Toni Grebla on Thursday claimed, upon his arrival to the headquarters of the National Anti-corruption Directorate [DNA] that he was never involved in a criminal file and he had no idea why he was brought to the DNA. Grebla, a former PSD senator until 2013 when he was appointed judge to the CCR), was brought on a warrant in order to be heard in a case in which there are suspicions that he committed the crime of influence peddling, judicial sources told Agerpres.
“I never was involved in a criminal file. I have no idea why I was brought here,” said Grebla.
Asked if he was ever involved in any kind of corruption deed or made a favourable decision to someone, he claimed that he never owned a private business and he completely ruled out the possibility of ever getting money to make a favourable decision to someone.
“I don’t know why I was brought. I owe no private business, I never had. What you know is what I know,” Grebla specified.
Exiting the DNA HQs after half an hour, judge Grebla told journalists that he has been heard for activities undertaken by some of his relatives, and that the hearing “has nothing to do with his activity as judge at the CCR”.
CCR President, judge Zegrean: Not good for the Court, if indicted he should auto-suspend
The President of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), Augustin Zegrean, has stated, on Thursday, referring to the involvement of judge Toni Grebla in a case, that in case he is indicted he should suspend himself from activity.
“I shall see, I shall ask, I don’t know anything. I found now, on the way. (…) I don’t know what it is about, but surely, it cannot be good for the Court, but this does not mean that anybody going there (e.n. – National Anticorruption Directorate) is also guilty”, said Zegrean, at the CCR headquarters.
He underlined that he is not “joyous” at the news, on the contrary, “what is happening is not good”.
“When we know what it is about we will probably issue a press release. (…) We will all discuss it, because at 10.00 we have a meeting”, he stated.
Asked if Toni Grebla will attend CCR meetings and make decisions until the clarification of his situation, the Court head explained that until he is indicted Grebla enjoys full rights.
“If he were indicted then he should suspend himself from his activity as a judge,” said Zegrean.
Asked of a possible resignation of Grebla, the CCR head said that he cannot know what he will do. “It’s hard for me to talk about this, you really did not give me good piece of news,” added Zegrean. do. “It’s hard for me to talk about this, you really did not give me good piece of news,” added Zegrean.