The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has filed on Tuesday at the High Court an appeal against the decision to sentence PSD Interim President Liviu Dragnea to one year in jail, suspended sentence. DNA considers the sentence erroneous, “the symbolic sentence of 1 year in jail and its suspended character being incompatible with the seriousness of the crime of using his position of leadership within the party in order to reach the referendum’s validation threshold.” The Supreme Court has set for September 28 its first court date for the appeal filed in the Referendum Case in which Liviu Dragnea was sentenced, back in May, to one year in jail suspended sentence and to a three-year probation period. DNA points out that the first instance court established that the body of evidence administered during the prosecution and the court’s investigation confirms the charges brought against Dragnea.
“The Supreme Court ruling on merits finds the social danger of the offence to be small and hence the modest size and the servicing of the punishment ordered against defendant Dragnea, only for unauthorised accession of personal data, without an analysis of the infringement of the freedom to elect and his humiliating treatment of the electorate,” says DNA.
The DNA also argues that the individualisation of punishment in Dragnea’s instance was wrong, because “the meagre size of one year in jail and its suspended enforcement are incompatible with the severity of the criminal offence of using the influence of a party leader to make sure the presence requirement for the referendum is met.”
“The actions of defendant Liviu Dragnea prove that his vocation and passion as a person holding an influential authority office was to impose voting on the electorate by urging people form the countryside to be brought in to vote. The citizens’ freedom to cast a vote and their right to do or not do so were treated by defendant Liviu Dragnea as some whims of the voters, instead of as an hymn to human dignity and freedom of choice,” the prosecutors argue.