Cornelia Naum, Premier Victor Ponta’s mother, has revealed on Saturday evening on Antena 3 that her son wanted to accompany her to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) when she was subpoenaed as a witness in the case in which her son-in-law Iulian Hertanu is under preventive arrest, but she refused. Cornelia Naum explained that she did not want to be seen as “a scared person that poses as a victim.”
Cornelia Naum explained why she did not want her son to accompany her to DNA Ploiesti, after the Prime Minister offered to be by her side. We remind our readers that Cornelia Naum went to DNA Ploiesti on Thursday morning, where she was heard as a witness in the corruption case in which the Prime Minister’s brother-in-law is investigated. Iulian Hertanu is under preventive arrest, being accused of embezzling the money received for a contract on expanding Comarnic’s sewerage system.
“I did not want to have the image of a scared person that poses as a victim. I categorically refused the image of a poor, old and sick [person]. I am not so naïve and as weak as to not see what the connections are… I did not want to present the image of a frightened, impotent person.
I was even bothered by the fact that it was constantly said I am 72 years old… So what if I’m 72? I can still be on my own, for my affairs. Would it have seemed absurd for this to be interpreted as pressure on the judiciary? That’s the last thing we need apart from the other accusations,” the Prime Minister’s mother stated on Antena 3.
The Premier’s mother pointed out that she asked for her statement to be taken at home, by someone from the DNA. “I would have liked them to see the luxury I live in,” Cornelia Naum stated laughingly.
“By hitting the mother you also hit the son. By hitting the sister you also hit the brother”
“By hitting the mother you also hit the son. By hitting the sister you also hit the brother,” Premier Victor Ponta’s mother added.
Asked whether she thinks her son is the target of this case, Premier Victor Ponta’s mother answered: “Yes. Why should we beat around the bush, when every evening he is called a liar, a thief? If I were to have the power to convince him to leave this office tomorrow I would do it, just like I backed him. He is no longer a small child. For a long time now he stopped doing what mother tells him. Our emotional bond does not mean one is subordinated to the other. I admire him for standing firm. I would swear on the Bible that Victor knew absolutely nothing. He told me: “Don’t worry about me, I resist.” Victor, after I assured him we do not feel in danger, we did not do anything condemnable, I believe he too has calmed down. It was toughest for Alexandra and I fear for my nephew. He knows everything. He turns 14 this summer.”
It is a difficult moment in our life, but we can overcome it with calm and patience, we are not at fault
At the same time, Cornelia Naum pointed out that no member of her family had legal problems and she went to the DNA “fairly open.”
“I never had any kind of nerves in what concerned the meeting with the prosecutor. I somewhat feared meeting the press. (…) I felt the embarrassment of being watched continuously for 40 minutes, with cameras pressed to the window to film me. Maybe I showed some contempt at some point,” Premier Ponta’s mother stated.
“It is a difficult moment in our life, but we can overcome it with calm and patience, in order to be able to prove our justice. We are not at fault,” Cornelia Naum stated.
Cornelia Naum said she does not understand why she was summoned before prosecutors as witness in the case in which her son-in-law Iulian Hertanu has been placed under arrest, considering the fact that she did not see any documents belonging to SC Grossmann Engineering Group.
Nevertheless, the Premier’s mother stated that on the day in which her son-in-law was taken away from home a search took place at Exfin 2000 SRL, the accounting firm she owns along with her daughter. At the same time she expressed her confusion in what concerns this search, since her accounting company has nothing to do with the case in which her son-in-law is under preventive arrest.
She also stated that if she were to have the power to convince the Premier to give up his office she would do so, but she admires him for resisting as Head of Government. On the other hand, referring to her son-in-law, who is under preventive arrest, she emphasized that he is “of unique naiveté.”