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May 23, 2022

Supreme Court postpones by two months ruling on referendum fraud implicating PSD’s Dragnea

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Monday postponed until November 23 ruling on an appeal filed by acting national chairman of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea against a suspended one year in prison sentence for fraud at the unsuccessful 2012 referendum to impeach then President Traian Basescu.

At the first hearing, almost half of the 75 defendants said they failed to hire a lawyer, which is the reason for the trail being postponed.

Dragnea came to the courtroom and was among few other co-defendants asking to be reheard by the court.

Upon leaving the courtroom, Dragnea refused to comment on the case, saying he does not mix justice and politics and he will tell the court what he has to say.

On May 15, Dragnea was sentenced to one year in prison and three years’ probation by a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court.

Another 75 co-defendants in the same case were either acquitted or sentenced under suspended sentences.

The decision was challenged by appeal.

Dragnea was sent to court by prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on October 7 for abuse of office by a person holding an executive office in a political party with the aim of getting for self or others unlawful gains.

DNA argues that as the PSD secretary general at the time of the July 29, 2012 referendum, Dragnea used his influence and authority inside the party in order to get ill-gotten electoral gains for the political alliance of which his party was a member, namely securing the voter turnout requested for the referendum to be valid.

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