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Traian Basescu, questioned in a new file: “The Prosecutors’ Office is setting me a very alert schedule. I can handle it!”

Former President Traian Basescu made an appearance on Thursday morning at the Supreme Court to be questioned in a file opened as a result of a complaint submitted by a person from Craiova regarding his declarations on resigning in five minutes. It is the second day in a row that the former Head of the State is in for an interrogation, after being present in Court on Wednesday, in the case of Romanian journalists in Iraq.

Traian Basescu questioned on Thursday morning at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), in a file based on a complaint submitted by one person who claimed he had not kept his promise to resign in five minutes, in 2007, as he had promised. The author of the complaint submitted against Traian Basescu at the Prosecutors’ Office is named Ioan Serb.
The Prosecutors’ Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice thus demanded the High Court to confirm the reopening of criminal pursuit in the file the man in Craiova reported the former President in 2007 for his statement concerning his resignation.

Traian Basescu confirmed it was a citizen who had reported him for having made a declaration in 2007 that he would resign in five minutes and he had not kept his promise.
“I can handle it, I have no endurance issues. (…) He demanded that I would be investigated for false declarations, for having said that I would resign in 2007 and not complying. Now, the General Prosecutors’ Office demanded this file to be reopened. (…) The General Prosecutors’ Office is setting me a very alert schedule. Obviously, it is not a blast, but I will obey any appointment in the Court.
It was a verbal declaration and I reviewed it right after the ballot. (…) The citation for today arrived to me yesterday at 4:30 PM, which means that things are happening really fast. Procedure agents are running everywhere to find me, to give me the citation for the next day”, Traian Basescu declared.
Asked whether he believed the Court would confirm the reopening of the legal inquiry in this file, Traian Basescu replied: “Anything is possible.”

The ex-President also declared, answering another question, that he was not afraid of anything and added that it was possible he would be summoned to Court in the days to come, as well.
This hearing came just one day after Traian Basescu was questioned this Wednesday at the District 5 Court in the file referring to the kidnapping of Romanian journalists in Iraq, in 2005.
On April 17, 2007, Basescu declared that, if the Parliament voted for his suspension from his office, he would resign in five minutes. “In the situation that the Parliament ignores the Constitutional Court report and votes for my suspension, I will resign from my position in no more than five minutes after the ballot ends and I will invite in front of public opinion the people who have abused the Constitution”, the Head of the State had declared at that time in a press release.

Afterwards, Basescu reconsidered his decision to resign.

The General Prosecutors’ Office opened several files on Traian Basescu’s name, based on complaints submitted against him by various persons, including the file referring to the kidnapping of Romanian journalists in Iraq.
Traian Basescu was questioned on Wednesday by the District 5 Court regarding the kidnapping of the three Romanian journalists in Iraq. The Court reached no decision on reopening the inquiry in this case and postponed the solution for the date of October 21. The ex-President declared that the reopening of such file is “a blow to Romania”. The case was reviewed by investigators based on a complaint submitted by Corneliu Vadim Tudor, în 2012.

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