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November 20, 2019

Basescu on reopening of journalists’ kidnapping case: I am not surprised

Former president Traian Basescu on Friday said that he is not surprised with the decision of the Bucharest Sector 5 Court to order the reopening of the case of the Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq, and that he expects the General Prosecutor’s Office to react quickly so he may be called to make a statement in this case.

Asked if the Romanian state paid for the Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq, he said that the case is classified by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), pointing out that he is not entitled to make any kind of statements.

Basescu reiterated that the case reopening “shames Romania.” “When a president stands accused of having gained money from saving some people it can only be humiliating, both for the president and the country.”

Sector 5 Court magistrates confirmed the General Prosecutor’s Office’s request to reopen the criminal investigation against former President Traian Basescu for abuse of office in the case of the Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq.

Moreover, the court found as without object the request to reopen the criminal investigation against Vasile Blaga.

The case was reopened after late politician Corneliu Vadim Tudor filed a criminal complaint with the General Prosecutor’s Office accusing Traian Basescu and then Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) chairman Vasile Blaga of misappropriating part of the ransom paid by the Romanian state for the release of the three journalists kidnapped in Iraq in 2005.

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