The Senate Plenum on Wednesday is going to debate and vote on the reports of the Legal Committee on the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) requests for the detainment and preventive arrest in the case of Senators Dan Sova and Darius Valcov, Legal Committee chairman Catalin Boboc announced on Monday.
“The Standing Bureau decided to introduce both of reports on Wednesday,” Boboc said, quoted by Agerpres. He added that the report of the Legal Committee on Senator Dan Sova’s case is completed and that regarding Darius Valcov will be completed on Tuesday.
PNL’s Gorghiu urges PM Ponta to encourage PSD senators to show their votes in Sova and Valcov cases
Before the Parliament vote in the matter of the lifting of Senators Dan Sova and Darius Valcov’s immunity, PNL Co-chair Alina Gorghiu urges PM Victor Ponta to support the PNL project for the reconstruction of public trust in Parliament. Gorghiu demands the premier in a public letter to support the adoption of PNL’s bill simplifying procedures for approving prosecutors’ requests concerning MPs and encourage PSD senators to show the way they vote’.
‘In the last few years the Parliament has become an institution detested by citizens. I have proposed to the PSD President, Victor Ponta, two urgent solutions for rebuilding the credibility of Parliament – support the adoption of PNL’s draft that simplifies procedures for granting prosecutors’ requests and encourage PSD senators to show the way they vote, in favour of DNA’s requests in the cases of Senator Sova and Senator Valcov, to avoid a new image crisis of the Parliament’, Alina Gorghiu states on Facebook.
Alina Gorghiu stresses that the public letter is one last warning signal to ‘an exceptionally serious situation’. The PNL Co-president refers to the extremely low trust people have in Parliament in Romania. The politician claims the law-making body has arrived in this situation because of the people populating it, put in those seats ‘in order to serve narrow objectives, often by illegal ways’. Gorghiu also says it is a paradox that officials elected to develop fair laws, serving the common good, are seen as an obstacle in the way of the rule of law. Alina Gorghiu warns that the change has been on the table of the Government ever since last year – a bill tabled by PNL, introducing a 48 hour deadline for approving requests for lifting immunity of MPs whose criminal investigation has been solicited.
Atanasiu: PNL MPs will show their vote and the process will be filmed in Sova, Valcov, Nicolescu cases
PNL will vote for lifting the immunity of Dan Sova, Darius Valcov and Theodor Nicolescu, the Liberal MPs having decided to show their votes and to have the whole voting process video-recorded, PNL Vice-President Theodor Atanasiu said on Monday.
‘We will vote for lifting immunity and for allowing the criminal investigation of all MPs – both the deputy and the two senators. (…) We have discussed the best technical option to video-record the voting by the PNL MPs and upload the video on the party website to prevent subsequent discussions on how we voted. (…) The political groups of the National Liberal Party have decided to show how they vote, show the balls, and to be filmed when they vote and then to upload the video on the website’, the PNL vice-president told RFI.
Atanasiu also advocates ‘an easier procedure for starting investigation and for arrest in the case of MPs’, and the elimination of the ‘parliamentary filter’ for MPs who are also ministers.
Dragnea, on PSD ballot regarding Sova case: We cannot place a gun to the temple of each MP
PSD executive president Liviu Dragnea declared on Monday, for Antena 3, how PSD wad to vote the request to arrest Dan Sova, in the Senate. A resolution was adopted, Dragnea said, but nobody can place a gun to the temple of each member of the Parliament”, and each would vote as they saw fit, Mediafax reported.
Dragnea declared that PSD has adopted the resolution that prohibited the occupation of political offices and public top positions by members of the party in various stages of criminal pursuit or convicted for corruption, and mentioned that the party “would not oppose demands from prosecutors office”.
“Still, we cannot point a gun to the temple of each member of the Parliament. Each of them will vote as they see fit, and I cannot give you a prediction now”, Dragnea declared for Antena 3.
He wished to outline that the Legal Committee of the Senate approved the arrest request for Dan Sova, and that the ballot was balanced (six votes to approve the arrest and five against it, editor’s note).
“We will see what happens this week. It is a difficult moment, it is a delicate moment for PSD”, Dragnea explained. He continued by confessing. “I would like to add one more thing: I am sorry both for Dan Sova and Darius Valcov”.