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December 1, 2021

Basescu takes note of evidence in blackmail case, will be questioned by prosecutors on Tuesday

Traian Basescu did not report to the Prosecutor General’s Office on Monday to find out what evidence the prosecutors had against him in the blackmail case where he is under investigation, but will be interviewed on Tuesday.

The ex-president’s lawyers went to the prosecutor’s office to study the content of the case where Basescu was accused by PSD Senator Gabriela Firea of blackmail and acknowledged the evidence on their client’s behalf. One of Traian Basescu’s lawyers who had studied the file left after 30 minutes and refused to say anything to the press.

‘I don’t know anything about this, they will have to communicate to me formally. In keeping with the procedure, Traian Basescu will be asked if he wished to give a deposition or not and if he wanted his statements to be taken into consideration in the preparation of his case’, Gabriela Firea’s lawyer, Lucian Bolcas, said on Romania TV.

Last Wednesday, Traian Basescu went to the prosecutor’s office where he had been invited as  a suspect in the judicial action taken against him by PSD Senator Gabriela Firea, for blackmail. Lawyer Lucian Bolcas recounted what had happened in the prosecutor’s office and noted that the former president was a suspect of continued blackmail.

‘In the case opened following the complaint filed by Mrs. Firea Gabriela, the Criminal Department prosecutors issued a order on 11 March 2015 for continuing investigations against Mr. Basescu Traian for the omission of the criminal offence of blackmail. On 18 March 2015, Traian Basescu reported to the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice to be informed on the charge, in which context his defence asked for a new term to read the file’, the ICCJ Prosecutor’s Office release states.

Firea’s lawyer, Lucian Bolcas, in turn said Basescu’s lawyers had asked for a new term to study the file.

‘A term ahs not been set year, but one will be set according to the time required for studying the file. (…) He conducted himself as any suspect who comes to the prosecutor’s office. He did not make any statements. There will be statements, but only after studying the case’, Bolcas said.

Ex-President Traian Basescu said the accusation brought against him by the prosecutors – blackmail of PSD Senator Gabriela Firea – was unfounded. He gave the example of a genuine threat = the repeated statements made by PSD leaders that he would go to prison after completing his term in office as president of Romania’.



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