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October 25, 2021

SRI, official answer on the 50 files Basescu reportedly took with him when leaving Cotroceni

Ex-President Traian Basescu reportedly took with him 50 files when he left Cotroceni upon the end of his term. The information was circulated in the mass-media, quoting confidential sources, in February, dcnews.ro states.

Top corruption files were allegedly presented to the ex-president in October last year by Gen. Florian Coldea from the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). Traian Basescu said the information was ‘a major stupidity’.

‘The press has said I left Cotroceni with 50 criminal case files SRI had given me. That’s a lie, how could I have taken secret files from Cotroceni? During the time I have left at the official residence, I am checking all computers for secret documents that must be erased, because that’s something you have to do when you finish your term in office’, Traian Basescu said after the Popular Movement Party (PMP) Congress he had attended.

Here is SRI’s answer on the subject, offered to the ‘Expres Magazin’ publication.

‘Following your petition registered with the number 54,337 of 26.02.2015 we are able to inform you that the requested aspects have been analysed with all responsibility considering the competence of the Romanian Intelligence Service.

Under section 25, paragraph (4) of Law No. 182/2002 on the protection of classified information, the Presidential Administration establishes its own measures on the protection of state secret information, being empowered under the law to take the necessary measures for checking the aspects you are raising.

The Romanian Intelligence Service offers specialised support to those institutions, according to its competence in the area of general coordination of the activity and control of measures on the protection of state secret information.

At the same time, we can inform you that, to the extent to which there are data and information suggesting the preparation or commission of offences under the criminal law, including with regard to the protection of classified information, they will be sent to the criminal investigation authorities by our institution, in keeping with the applicable norms of procedure.

We thank you for your confidence and understanding of the conditions under which the Romanian Intelligence Service operates in fulfilling its functional duties under Law No. 14/1992’, states the SRI release signed by spokesman Sorin Sava (photo).



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