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December 1, 2021
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PM Victor Ponta to be heard on March 11 in Referendum case

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ)  has set for March 11 the following date of hearings in the ‘Referendum’ criminal case, when it decided to hear the witnesses proposed by the defence attorney, among whom Prime minister Victor Ponta.

The ICCJ has heard on Friday the former minister, Constantin Nita, the mayor of Bucharest district 3 Robert Negoita and other five witnesses proposed by lawyer Marian Nazat, following that on March 11 to be heard the rest of the witnesses of the list the lawyer of minister Liviu Dragnea has submitted to the criminal file.

Liviu Dragnea was prosecuted by the anti-corruption prosecutors (DNA) on October 7 2013 for using influence or authority by a person who holds a leadership position in a political party with the goal to obtain undue benefits for one’s own or another’s.

According to the DNA, in his capacity of secretary general of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on the occasion of the referendum organized in July 29 2012, has used his influence and authority in the said party to getting some non-patrimonial, undue electoral benefits for the political alliance the political formation represented by the defendant was part of, namely to accomplish participation quorum with the help of the votes obtained in other conditions than the legal ones.

 

Nita, one of the witnesses Liviu Dragnea’s lawyer called to testify for the defense

 

The former Minister of Economy Constantin Nita on Friday arrived at the High Court of Cassation and Justice where he was heard as a witness in the Referendum case, in which incumbent Minister Liviu Dragnea is involved.

He is one of the witnesses Liviu Dragnea’s lawyer called to testify for the defense, alongside Prime Minister Victor Ponta, 3rd district of the Capital City’s Mayor Robert Negoita and other current or former members of the Social Democratic Party (PSD).

Liviu Dragnea was referred to justice by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) on October 7, 2013, on charges of influence peddling, as a person with authority or holding a leadership position in a political party, in order to obtain such undue benefits for himself or for another.

 

 

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