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September 22, 2019
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Traian Basescu gets rid of one case. ‘Stinky Gypsy’ file closed

Traian Basescu is getting rid of one of his criminal cases. The ‘Stinky Gypsy’ case, reopened in May this year, has been closed, according to stiripesurse.ro.
Five months ago, the judges confirmed the reopening of investigations for theft, aggravated theft and insult against Traian Basescu, regarding the fact that, in 2007, the former president called a journalist ‘stinky Gypsy’ and confiscated her mobile telephone.
The Courthouse of District 1 was finding that the order issued by the High Court Prosecutor’s Office reopening criminal investigations was legal and justified.
The National Council against Discrimination (CNCD) decided, on 23 May 2007, to sanction the president with a warning and agreed, in unanimity, that the use of ‘stinky Gypsy’ phrase by the ex=president regarding the journalist Andreea Pana from Antena 1 TV was discrimination.
The former head of state at the time challenged the CNCD decision before the Bucharest Court of Appeal but, in November 2007, the Court rejected his appeal. Afterwards, Traian Basescu appealed the decision in the High Court.
The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) admitted Basescu’s appeal on 15 May 2008, but did find that the phrase used by the ex-president about a TV reporter was discriminative.
The High Court judges also completely annulled points three (partially) and four of the CNCD decision, which were stating that Basescu had committed misdemeanour. The ICCJ ruling was final.
In 2007, the former president took away by force the mobile telephone from the journalist Andrea Pana who was filming him while he was shopping in a hypermarket. He called the journalist ‘pussy’.
After the president got into his private car, the telephone kept recording him as he was calling the journalist ‘stinky Gypsy’. The recording was erased. When the telephone was given back to the owner later on, the TV station managed to retrieve the deleted recording and published it.

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