The Bucharest Court of Appeals (CAB) did not rule in favour of Conservative Party (PC) Founding President Dan Voiculescu in his lawsuit against former president Traian Basescu.
Dan Voiculescu sued Traian Basescu after the latter stated on 5 July 2012 in Parliament that “one of the spiritual leaders of USL leaders, Mr. Voiculescu” had stated that the judiciary has to be controlled, Traian Basescu pointing out that Parliament will not be able to revert the institutions to the manner of submission they had shown in 2000-2004. Voiculescu considered the statements defamatory and sued the acting president. Voiculescu did not ask to be paid damages, instead asking for the acting president to publicly admit he lied.
After the Bucharest District 5 Court where the lawsuit was filed partly ruled in favour of Dan Voiculescu, arguing that the statement does have an illicit character but is one of “general, public, political interest,” the ruling was attacked at the Bucharest Court. The latter admitted Traian Basescu’s appeal but this decision was then attacked by Dan Voiculescu at the Bucharest Court of Appeals which also ruled in favour of the former president.
Thus, CAB rejected the request for Traian Basescu to recant and ordered the publishing of the final ruling in this case. The ruling issued by the Bucharest Court of Appeals is irrevocable.
Dan Voiculescu is currently in jail, serving the ten-year sentence he received in the “Food Research Institute” case.