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Senate Speaker signs off on decision attesting to vote that kept Dan Sova clear of arrest

The Speaker of the Senate, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, decided on Wednesday to sign the draft decision prepared by the Legal Committee of the Senate on Tuesday, concerning the vote in the matter of the PSD Senator Dan Sova. The decision which says that the requirements for approving the detention and preventive arrest of Senator Dan Sova were not fulfilled, will be sent to the Official Journal for publication on Wednesday.

The draft decision of the Senate on the Sova case, prepared on Tuesday by the Legal Committee, has been referred to the leadership of the Senate and signed by Calin Popescu Tariceanu, without needing a vote in plenary session.

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA ) had asked again Calin Popescu Tariceanu to make available all the documents prepared by the Senate in 2014 and 2015 for the criminal investigation, detention and preventive arrest of serving senators, including Dan Sova, by no later than 22 April, warning that a possible refusal to do so would be a criminal offence – obstruction of justice.

The draft decision stipulates that  ‘the conditions required under Section 24, paragraph 4 of Law No. 96/2006 and Section 73 of the Regulation of the Senate, for approving the detention or arrest of Senator Sova Dan-Coman were not fulfilled’ and was adopted by the members with six votes in favour and five opposed.

According to Tariceanu, the Standing Bureau of the Senate needs not be called in session and no new plenary vote is required on the draft decision which finds that, following the vote on 25 March, the conditions for approving the detention and preventive arrest of Senator Dan Sova were not fulfilled.

The Legal Committee of the Senate decided on Tuesday, with 6 votes in favour and 5 votes opposed to send back to the Standing Bureau a draft decision finding that, following the vote on 25 March on the Sova case the conditions for approving the remand were not fulfilled. The debates on the Legal Committee of the Senate were quite fierce, with Chair Catalin Boboc (PNL) trying to submit to the vote two versions of draft decision – one approving the arrest of PSD Senator Dan Sova and one rejecting it, according to Mediafax. The two proposals made by the Committee chairman were rejected by the vote of the majority, with six votes. The opposition only has five people on the Committee.

Towards the end of the meeting, the version proposed by PSD Senator Ovidiu Dontu was submitted to vote. His draft decision states that ‘following the vote on 25 March, we find that the conditions required under Section 24, paragraph 4 of Law No. 96/2006 and Section 73 of the Regulation of the Senate, for approving the detention or arrest of Senator Dan Sova were not fulfilled’.

 

The President of the Constitutional Court of Romania, Augustin Zegrean, said on Tuesday that the CCR decision in the matter of the Senate’s decision regarding Dan Sova was binding as of the date of publication and that it had to be enforced. Zegrean also said CCR cannot force anyone to do what the Court decision says.

‘We have no possibility to force anyone to do what the decision says. The Constitution says Court rulings are binding as of the date of publication. What more can I tell you? They are binding, they need to be observed’, Zegrean said on Tuesday that the CCR decision on the senate’s decision regarding Dan Sova was binding as of the date of its publication and that it had to be enforced. Zegrean also said that CCR could not force anyone to do what the decision of the Court says.

 

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