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October 31, 2020
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Titus Corlatean heard at DNA in “Diaspora Vote” case

Former Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean showed up on Monday at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), having been subpoenaed by prosecutors, in order to be heard in a case involving corruption suspicions. Corlatean offered explanations about what happened during the presidential elections last year.
“I showed up, I will talk with the prosecutors and we’ll see,” the former Foreign Minister stated on his arrival, pointing out he had been subpoenaed as a witness. Asked whether the “Diaspora” case is the one concerned, he answered affirmatively.
PSD Interim President Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday, referring to this issue, that he hopes the former Social-Democrat minister will have no problem, bearing in mind that he does not believe he did something wrong during the time in which he was member of the Government.
“I hope there won’t be any problem. I don’t believe Titus Corlatean did something wrong when he was a minister,” Dragnea said when asked for his opinion about the fact that the former minister was heard at the DNA, Mediafax informs.
During the two rounds of the presidential elections, on November 2 and 16 last year, Romanians living abroad came out to vote in record numbers, however in several European capitals the queues were huge and thousands of people were unable to vote. The problems led to the resignation of Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean.
The case concerning the problems registered at the presidential elections vote was initially opened on the roll of the High Court of Justice’s Prosecutor’s Office’s Criminal Prosecution Section, through the merger of six criminal cases that concerned complaints about the way the voting took place. The charges brought by the complaints were malfeasance in office, dereliction of duty and hampering the exercise of voting rights.
DNA requested the file from the High Court on 2 December 2014, since the DNA was working on another case that concerned the same charges.
On December 8, the Electoral Authority released several documents requested by the DNA, including the intra- and inter-institutional correspondence concerning the voting process in the Diaspora.

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