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May 17, 2022

Gyorgy Frunda on Marko Attila case: “Guilt has to be proven”

Gyorgy Frunda, Premier Ponta’s honorary advisor, has stated that the guilt of UDMR MP Marko Attila is yet to be proven by prosecutors. Marko Attila is in Hungary and has no longer returned to Romania after the MPs approved the National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) request to place him under preventive arrest, Agerpres informs.

“As long as a Romanian citizen is abroad and Romanian authorities request his arrest, this request is judged by the relevant court in that country. That is what happened with Romanian citizens in Germany, France, United States, where courts usually accepted the extradition request, while in other cases they said there is no reason and did not accept the extradition request. In Marko Attila’s case, he is convicted for the restitution of a building, which he claims to be an unfair and unjust ruling, and from what I know he attacked this ruling at the European Court of Human Rights and this is the second criminal prosecution I was talking about. In this second one (…) from what I know the Prosecutor’s Office did not ask the court for the arrest and the Romanian court did not order the arrest of MP Marko Attila. As long as the Romanian court does not order the arrest his extradition cannot be demanded. He was allowed to leave the country, he was not banned from doing something else, so his decision is purely personal and his responsibility is purely personal. (…) No, innocence, and this is a mistake in the Romanian perception, is an absolute presumption, he doesn’t have to prove his innocence, the Prosecutor’s Office has to prove his guilt. It’s a very big difference. His guilt hasn’t been proven,” Frunda stated on Wednesday on RFI.

In his opinion, this is “a groundless charge, nothing more.” “When someone is accused or criminally prosecuted, it is his right to decide his tactic, defence strategy in that trial,” Gyorgy Frunda added.

UDMR MP Marko Attila, whose preventive arrest was approved in a case in which Alina Bica is investigated, is in Budapest where he is allegedly under the protection of Hungarian PM Viktor Orban. Marko Attila left for Budapest right on the day in which his colleagues approved the preventive arrest request filed by the DNA. He informed them that he cannot attend the meeting because he is away. He has not returned to the country since, despite the fact that anticorruption prosecutors have subpoenaed him several times.


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