Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu will be investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) for abuse of office, based on a complaint filed by the Public Prosecutor General. The complaint was made in the case of the controversial ballot regarding Dan Sova, based on a complaint submitted by Eugen Tomac, President of the Popular Movement Party (PMP). On March 27, two days after the Senate overruled Dan Sova’s preventive arrest, PMP announced that they would file a criminal complaint against Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu, claiming that he allegedly violated article no. 176 in the Constitution at the ballot related to the request filed by justice, of placing Dan Sova under preventive arrest.
The complaint submitted by PMP leader Eugen Tomac, denouncing the way Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu had reacted after the ballot in the Parliament related to the Dan Sova case was sent by the High Court of Cassation and Justice Prosecutors’ Office (PICCJ) to the National Anti-Corruption Directorate after PICCJ pointed out the matter was beyond their competency.
High officials of the High Court of Cassation and Justice Prosecutors’ Office (PICCJ) declared on Friday for Mediafax that the Criminal Pursuit Department Prosecutors decided that, in this case, the authority that was competent to continue the inquiry was the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA)
According to the quoted source, declination of competency was caused by the fact that there was already a file at DNA destined to check the deeds mentioned in the complaint.
Thus, DNA has to investigate Tariceanu and to establish whether there was any criminal offence in this case.
“I requested the Prosecutors’ Office to notify themselves, considering the abuse of office the President of the Senate is accused of in our request, because, as noted by the Constitutional Court (CCR), it is unacceptable that, following the ballot in Sova’s case, Tariceanu avoided to issue that decision, and send it to be published. Moreover, in the request we filed, we have also mentioned that Mr. Tariceanu had interpreted laws as he wanted, following the regulations, not the Constitution. I think it is important that any politician, regardless of the position he owns in the state, must take laws into account and respect them”, Eugen Tomac, President of the Popular Movement Party declared in an appearance at Realitatea TV.
Ponta, on Tomac’s complaint related to Sova case: Any dummy knows Tariceanu is not the boss of the Senate
Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader, PM Victor Ponta appreciated that the complaint of the PMP leader related to Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu, for the vote in the Sova case, is “political nonsense” as any “dummy” in the Parliament knows that Tariceanu is not the boss, but merely the representative of the Senate.
“The President of the Senate is not the boss of the Senate, he is the representative of the Senate and this is a thing known by any dummy who ends up in the Parliament and uses the opportunity to appear on TV, whether he is a PNL member of not. At the Government, I am the Head of the Government; the President is the Head of Administration, he leads Presidency, but the Parliament is a collective institution and the President merely signs in the name of that institution. The rest is political nonsense and I am sorry that, besides these matters, scandal, handcuffs, accusations, criminal complaints, I have heard nothing of the others, not from PNL and not from anyone else”, Ponta said.
He mentioned that PMP leader Eugen Tomac was investigated for fund embezzlement, and, therefore, he was not the most pertinent person to file criminal complaints.