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Premier Ponta on hearings in Referendum case: I go there with all my heart because I know very well what happened back then

PSD President and Premier Victor Ponta pointed out on Monday that he will go to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) “with all my heart” to be a witness in the Referendum case, pointing out that he knows very well what happened in 2012 and that there was “no coup d’état and no fraud.”

Ponta emphasized that he was not and will not be subpoenaed at the High Court, but will instead show up as a witness for the defence.

“I was not subpoenaed nor will I be. I understood that Mr. Dragnea’s lawyer will notify me too, because there are witnesses requested by the defence and so the defence lawyer has taken the commitment to notify us,” Ponta said. He pointed out that he will show up in court “with all my heart.”

“Right after they notify me I will go with all my heart because I know very well what happened back then and I know very well that there was no coup d’état, no fraud, because had there been one we would no longer have voted for Mr. Hellvig at the helm of SRI,” Ponta said.

Premier Victor Ponta will be subpoenaed as a witness in the Referendum case, after the Supreme Court admitted the request filed by Liviu Dragnea’s lawyers. The decision was taken after Marian Nazat, Liviu Dragnea’s lawyer, requested on February 5 the hearing of Premier Victor Ponta and 18 of PSD’s county coordinators who were in charge with the campaign for the impeachment referendum in 2012.

Liviu Dragnea was sued by National Anticorruption Directorate prosecutors on 7 October 2013, being charged with using his influence or authority in order to obtain undue benefits for himself or for other persons.

 

Marian Oprisan: Referendum case is political. In the US citizens are taken with motor coaches to vote

 

Vrancea County Council Chairman Marian Oprisan stated on Monday that the Referendum case is political and there are consolidated democracies such as the US where motor coaches are used to take voters to voting centres, without that being considered illegal.

Marian Oprisan was heard on Monday by High Court of Justice judges as a witness in the Referendum case in which Minister Liviu Dragnea is on trial.

During the hearings, Oprisan addressed the way in which PSD’s Vrancea County branch mobilized its party members on the day of the referendum in 2012, as well as the IT application used by PSD in order to mobilize voters.

Thus, Marian Oprisan stated that he and his party colleagues in Vrancea only did their duty, “that of actively participating in order to stimulate voter turnout.”

He pointed out that in Vrancea County PSD has created structures for every voting centre in the cities, and party members had the mission to go door-to-door in order to convince voters to cast their ballots. Such structures exist in other counties too, Oprisan giving Bacau, Teleorman and Valcea as examples.

“Most party organizations have such structures around voting centres in cities and municipalities. Basically an apartment bloc organizer knows his neighbours and on the day of the vote he goes door-to-door and tells them that it is their duty to vote. In consolidated democracies such as the US citizens are taken in an organized manner, with motor coaches. The motor coach arrives, stops 500 meters from the voting centre, and the Republican or Democrat activist checks the attendance list. In our case that is improperly called electoral tourism,” Oprisan said.

The Chairman of the Vrancea County Council told judges that an IT application similar to the one used by PSD in order to verify the voter turnout level was also used by PDL in the parliamentary elections in 2008 and the presidential elections in 2009, even with the help of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS).

Oprisan also stated that he did not organize any raffle on the day of the vote nor did he listen to the suggestions coming from PSD’s central structure, because he relies more on his political experience. “For the consolidation of the rule of law, this case is an offense toward judges because it’s a political case. Liviu Dragnea did not break the law. We jointly decided to do our duty toward Romania,” Oprisan added.

 

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