The request of the Justice Minister regarding the approval of the taking into custody and preventive arrest of Social Democrat (PSD) senator Dan Sova was rejected on Tuesday by the Senate after the vote was repeated, following the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania that rendered the vote expressed on March 25 in this case unconstitutional.
The senators have cast their votes secretly, those in favour being 66 in number, while 72 senators voted against the request formulated by the Justice Minister. Two votes were canceled.
“The Senate does not approve the taking into custody and preventive arrest of senator Sova Dan Coman in case no. 122/P/2012 of the Prosecutor’s office attached to the ICCJ-DNA [High Court of Cassation and Justice – National Anticorruption Directorate] and thus rejects the request of the Minister of Justice”, the draft decision adopted by the Senate following the vote shows.
Senate’s Legal Committee could not issue recommendation on Senator Sova’s arrest
Earlier in the morning, the Senate’s Legal Committee could not adopt a Senate Decision draft in the case of Social Democrat Senator Dan Sova.. Nevertheless, Committee Chairman Catalin Boboc said he was forwarding a point of view to the Standing Bureau of the Senate, with his National Liberal Party’s proposition of Senate’s approval for the Sova’s detaining and arrest pending trial.
There were five votes in favour and five against Boboc’s motion in the Committee, Agerpres reports.
According to the senator, the decision now rests on the nine representatives of the majority in the Senate leadership.
“The result of the vote is unfortunately unfavourable, namely my proposition did not gather the [necessary] number of votes. (…) Nevertheless, as the Standing Bureau has asked us to send a point of view to have a basis for the debate in the plenum, which is sovereign after all, we will send to the Standing Bureau tge draft we have debated today. We will also record the result of the vote, hoping that the nine [members] in the Standing Bureau will not repeat their abuse of office, using their votes, and will instead forward to the plenum a concrete project to discuss on,” Boboc said after the committee sitting.
The Senate has denied in March the request of the National Anticorruption Directorate to detain and take to court Sova for arrest pending trial, in an investigation on alleged office abuse; the Constitutional Court ruled in May that the Senate’s vote was unconstitutional. The Senate has resumed the procedure.