The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) has written to the Senate twice lately asking for all the paperwork in the case of Dan Sova and the other requests for criminal investigations, detention or arrest for serving senators since 2014. The first letter was sent on 9 April and DNA asked to have all the documents prepared as of 13 March 2015 in the Dan Sova case.
The second letter reached the Senate on Tuesday and asked for all the documents prepared in the case of all DNA requests in 2014 and 2015 ‘in the shortest time possible’.
The Senate Speaker, Calin Popescu Tariceanu said on Wednesday that DNA may not directly ask the Senate to give them documents regarding the case of Dan Sova or other cases, but through the Ministry of Justice.
More exactly, Tariceanu said, after the Standing Bureau meeting where the subject had been disused that the prosecutors were supposed to write to the minister who, in turn, should have forwarded the request to the Senate.
Tariceanu said the inter-institutional communication procedure had been not observed and said he would ask the Ministry of Justice to step in.
‘I have decided to notify the Ministry of Justice so that the request be made according to the rules of procedure, but, in its substance, the request (made by DNA – editor’s note) is in our attention and we will give a prompt answer’, Calin Popescu Tariceanu noted.
The head of the Senate also said there had been a similar case in the past, where the procedure for institutional communication had not been observed and the Senate asked the Ministry of Justice to intervene.
Tariceanu noted that, in its requests, DNA ‘did not identify the documents they want to have’ but assured that ‘everything will be made available – decisions of the Standing Bureau, debates of the Legal Affairs Committee, proposals of the Legal Affairs Committee sent to the plenary session and decisions adopted by plenary session. We will also enclose the transcripts, it is absolutely not a problem’.
The Liberals accuse Tariceanu of abuse
PNL Co-president Alina Gorghiu said on Wednesday that the Liberals would ask the plenary session of the Senate that the decision in the case of DNA’s request regarding Senator Dan Sova should be drafted and published in the Official Journal, denouncing the decision to reject the request by the Senate Standing Bureau.
‘During the PNL leadership meeting today we have talked about this landscape of abuse by Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Victor Ponta as the leader of the majority party in the Senate, and, for that reason, PNL has decided that today, in the Standing Bureau of the Senate – what you have probably found out – we would ask through our representatives that the decision on DNA’s request on 25 March should be drafted and sent to the Official Journal. Unfortunately, PSD together with Calin Popescu Tariceanu rejected our request. We will come back on this’, Gorghiu said, at the Parliament.
The Constitutional Court of Romania at the beginning of April admitted the motion of the head of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) and found there was a conflict of a constitutional nature between authorities. The Senate was supposed to draft its decision on the request for the detention and preventive arrest of Dan Sova.
Dan Sova complains to Court about procrastination of investigation by DNA
Senator Dan Sova has made a claim to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, complaining about the fact that DNA’s investigation in his case is taking far too long and asking that the prosecutors’ procedures should be expedited. The claim which Dan Sova submitted on 9 April will be heard today, 16 April.
In August 2014, Dan Sova was charged by DNA for the commission, as lawful representative of SC ‘Sova si Asociatii’, of three different criminal offences of complicity in abuse of office for obtaining undue benefits for self or other, in connection with the signing of legal assistance agreements with two energy companies – Turceni and Rovinari.