The Senate Legal Affairs Committee will vote on Wednesday on the request for the arrest of PSD Senator Dan Sova, Committee Chairman Catalin Boboc informed on Tuesday, according to Mediafax. On Tuesday, Dan Sova and the members of the Legal Committee studied the vast file received from the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA).
The DNA chief prosecutor has sent to the prosecutor general of the High Court Prosecutor’s Office the report based on which he was supposed to ask the Parliament to approve the detention and arrest of PSD Senator Dan Sova on three counts of complicity to abuse of office.
“The prosecutors’ action was an abuse’
Having been summoned to DNA, ex-Transport Minister, Senator Dan Sova, said ‘the prosecutors’ action was an abuse, as they accuse him of moral complicity to abuse of office’. In fact, they say he tried to destroy certain evidence from computers and presented forged documents to prevent the proving of the guilt of the San Sova and Partners law firm that, for a while, cooperated with the current Prime Minister, Victor Ponta. The law firm provided legal consultancy from 2007 to 2008 during the privatisation of the thermal power stations of Turceni and Rovinari, which were part of Oltenia Energy Complex. Present on a TV station, Dan Sova claimed his innocence and defended the premier. He admitted to the fact that Victor Ponta was cooperating with his law firm at that time, but noted that, after working together on two criminal cases, ‘he obtained an inappreciable income of 0.32% of the fee’. At the same time, Sova said the case was pretty old and the situation had already been checked by the Court of Auditors and other institutions who could not find any law violations, which gives him reasons to suspect that all the parties involved were victims of prosecutors’ abuse.
Alina Gorghiu: ‘I will ask PNL MPs to show how they vote’
PNL Co-president Alina Gorghiu said on Realitatea TV that she would ask the PNL senators to show the balls when they vote on DNA’s request to be allowed to arrest ex-Justice Minister Dan Sova (PSD). ‘I am going to ask all PNL senators to vote NO in front of the cameras’, she said.
‘Since 2014 we have been asking for an emergency procedure for lifting immunity, meaning that such request should enter Parliament, the Committee and then the plenary session in 24 hours. In that way, we would have had both the Sova case and the previous cases approved in 48 hours’, Gorghiu said, noting that, in her opinion, ‘as usually, PSD will vote against lifting immunity’.
PM Victor Ponta cited in Sova’s case
The name of Prime-Minister Victor Ponta is cited in Dan Sova’s case. The premier has not yet been prosecuted, but his name appears in two investigations conducted by the National Anti-corruption Department.
Prime-Minister Victor Ponta answered on Antena 3 TV on Sunday on the suspicions in the public space regarding his part in Dan Sova’s case regarding the Turceni-Rovinari contract. Ponta said the rumour had been released by Ionel Mantog and Monica Macovei. He denied all connection with Sova’s case and with the Turceni-Rovinari contract.
‘This story about how I and Sova did something at Turceni and Rovinari is a story told by Mantog (currently in prison – editor’s note) and Mrs. Macovei who should be in the same place but, well, she’s not there yet… Everybody, all the institutions of the state have checked and conformed that in 2007 I had nothing to do with the Turceni and Rovinari contracts which belonged to the Dan Sova law firm and lawyer’, Ponta said.
The leaderships of the Senate met on Monday to discuss the prosecutors’ request for the arrest of Senator Dan Sova. The Speaker of the Senate, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, warned his colleagues ‘not to play with people’s freedom’.
‘The Legal Committee must analyze the case and also allow Mr. Sova to see his file and voice his position afterwards. I don’t know how long it will take the Committee, but, considering the fact that a person’s arrest is being requested, it is an extremely serious matter which must be treated in the fairest way possible, not with superficiality because we cannot play with people’s freedom, people are born free and should live free. This is the most severe measure available when someone is guilty. The Legal Committee must analyze very carefully and give an opinion. The Legal Committee has no deadline for that, it should not do things in haste. This is not a factory packing people up and send them to the gallows, to make myself clear’, Tariceanu said in Parliament, before the meeting of the Senate Standing Bureau.
The DNA prosecutors asked on Friday to be allowed to arrest Senator Dan Sova, charged with complicity to abuse of office.