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February 3, 2023

Prime Minister Ponta to be subpoenaed to testify in Referendum case

Prime Minister Victor Ponta will be subpoenaed by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) to testify in the Referendum case, where Vice Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea is indicted, judiciary sources have told to Agerpres.

Dragnea’s lawyer Marian Nazat has asked the court in an earlier sitting to hear Ponta as a witness, alongside 18 county coordinators of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) involved in the campaign for the 2012 referendum on the dismissal of President Traian Basescu.

The next term at the ICCJ, Romania’s Supreme Court, is February 23.

Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have indicted Dragnea on October 7 2013 under charges of influence peddling or use of authority by a party leader to obtain unlawful benefit for himself or for others.

DNA alleges that PSD Secretary General Dragnea used his party position to get unlawful electoral advantages for himself and for his political alliance, during the preparation and unfolding of the July 29 2012 referendum, by attempting to secure the necessary quorum through illicit means.

According to the prosecutors, Dragnea was the coordinator of a complex mechanism involving several people he could influence from his political position, aiming at forging the count of voters.


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