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Senate’s Legal Committee will discuss Sova case on Tuesday

The Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will consider a request for the pre-trial detention of Senator Dan Sova (photo) of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the committee’s chairman Catalin Boboc of the National Liberal Party (PNL) said after a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Bureau on Monday.

“The schedule approved by the Standing Bureau includes the Judiciary Committee opening the material tomorrow to draw a report next week on Wednesday, because Monday and Tuesday will be off days, to be submitted for a vote to a plenary session. Our option, put forth by the PNL – moving more quickly – so that the matter may be discussed at the plenary session tomorrow failed to gather the necessary support and that is why this is the schedule that passed,” said Boboc.

He mentioned that he will have discussions with his colleagues in the Judiciary Committee to suggest to them that they should open the files on Monday so as to be able to draw up a report on Tuesday morning.

“We will invite the bureau to take a look at the document if it wants, but once again, I must have the opinions and support of my colleagues from the committee,” said Boboc, according to Agerpres.

He said he will be advocating a fast-track solution because the next week’s plenary session may no longer be held, given that next Monday and Tuesday are off days.

Boboc argued that although the national leader of PSD, Liviu Dragnea, announced PSD will be voting in favour of Senator Sova’s being stripped of immunity, no change has been generated in PSD’s attitude.

Last week, chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi called on the prosecutor general to ask the chairman of the Senate for permission to place Senator Dan Sova under pre-trial detention.

The DNA said the prosecutors’ request is backed up by data and proof indicating that October 2011 – July 2014, Dan Sova demanded cash and received 100,000 euros from a person that told on Sova in exchange for Sova peddling his real influence with Mihai Balan, director general of the electricity and heat corporation CET Govora so that Balan will secure the conclusion of a judicial assistance contact with a certain law firm in the form of monthly passes of 10,000 euros per month.

In the same case, CET Govora Director General Mihai Balan was detained for two counts of continual abuse of office, and subsequently the Supreme Court ordered his prosecution under court supervision.

ALDE chairman: Party to decide on vote on stripping Sova’s immunity after Law Committee’s opinion

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) of Romania will decide how to vote in the Senate plenary session in the case of Dan Sova after the Judiciary Committee issues an opinion on the anticorruption prosecutors’ request to remand and place the Social-Democrat Senator under pre-trial arrest, ALDE chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Monday.

“Today (on Monday – Ed. note) the Senate’s Standing Bureau will ask the Judiciary Committee to analyse the files and the prosecutor’s request and will issue an opinion. After the Law Committee fulfills this obligation, the Senators will learn of the Law Committee’s opinion and of the content of the files, and we will be able to make an informed decision. Today is still too early,” Tariceanu told a press conference.

Dragnea: With regret, PSD will vote for lifting immunity of PSD Senator Dan Sova

MPs of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) will vote for the lifting of PSD Senator Dan Sova’s parliamentary immunity, PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday.

”With regret, PSD will vote for lifting the immunity,” Liviu Dragnea stated, when asked by journalists about his party’s voting intentions on the matter. Liviu Dragnea was present on Monday at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), for a new term in the case relating to the 2012 referendum.

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