JUSTICE

Vote on Dan Sova’s immunity on 2 December. Chance of keeping clear of handcuffs seems slim this time

The PSD senator Dan Sova is again in the hands of the senators who will decide, by vote, if his immunity will be lifted or not. Senate leaders decided on Monday that the plenary vote on the request for the detention and arrest of Dan Sova would take place on Wednesday, 2 December.
PSD President Liviu Dragnea said the PSD senators would vote to approve the request sent by the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) prosecutors.
PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said that, during his term as president, the party would vote to approve all prosecutors’ requests and even advocated the keeping of immunity from prosecution solely for political statements. Asked on Monday, as he was leaving the ICCJ building, how PSD would vote on DNA’s request concerning Dan Sova’s detention and arrest, Liviu Dragnea answered: ‘I have said this before – we cannot resist justice steps. Regretfully, PSD will vote for lifting the immunity’.
PNL in turn said they would vote for DNA’s request.
PNL co-president Alina Gorghiu said on Friday that the Liberals would grant DNA’s request regarding Dan Sova and that PSD would make ‘a civilised gesture’ to ask the senator to resign the Senate.
The leader of PNL also said that, in the context of the attempts to restore the credibility of the political class and democratic institutions, PSD should understand here should be no difference between the public rhetoric and the reality of the vote.
According to Alina Gorghiu, the benefit of the doubt does exist as, once the parliamentary immunity lifted, the judge approves of not the DNA request to detain and arrest a suspect.


Calin Popescu Tariceanu: “I cannot anticipate the vote of my colleagues”

The Speaker of the Senate, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, on Monday had a first reaction to DNA’s request for the detention and arrest of Senator Dan Sova.
‘The Standing Bureau has addressed the request received from the minister of justice concerning the approval of the detention and arrest of Senator Dan Sova. We received the files and forwarded them to the Legal Committee which will sat looking through them tomorrow and will probably invite him over for hearings. Next Wednesday we will have the plenary vote on the detention and arrest of Mr. Dan Sova’, Tariceanu said.
The second person in the state hierarchy would not comment on how he and other senators would vote in the matter.
‘As long as we have not seen what’s in the files I cannot anticipate the vote of my colleagues in the Senate. I myself cannot give you an answer right now as it wouldn’t be fair to state an opinion before we know what the files contain’, Tariceanu also said.


Dan Sova doesn’t stand a chance this time of keeping clear of handcuffs

Overall, the PSD (60 members) and PNL (59 member) political groups at the Senate amount to 119 votes out of a total of 165, in which case Dan Sova doesn’t stand a chance.
Senator Dan Sova is going to be invited to the Legal Affairs Committee to study his file which seems to be over 2,000 pages long, and to state his position.
The DNA request may be voted on by the Senate no sooner than next Wednesday, as this week the senators are only working on Monday and Tuesday and, at the beginning of next week, there are bank holidays on the occasion of the National Day.
This is the third request for the detention and arrest anticorruption prosecutors are sending for Dan Sova. The previous two were declined.
Evz.ro quotes sources as saying that this time PSD leaders will not set the line and each senator will vote freely.


DNA: He got 100,000 euro in exchange for trafficking in influence

At the end of March, the DNA prosecutors asked the Senate to approve the detention and arrest of PSD Senator Dan Sova in the Turceni-Rovinari case. At the time, the UNPR Senator Florentina Jipa anointed the senator before the vote. The unction seems t have worked wonders, as the DNA request to be allowed to detain and arrest Dan Sova was rejected with 79 votes in favour, 67 opposed and 5 abstentions. It would have required a minimum of 85 favourable votes to be approved.
At he beginning of June, the senators resumed the vote on the same DNA request, after the Liberals had challenged the vote before the Constitutional Court that ruled unconstitutional the decision prepared by the Senate after the vote of 25 March on the same DNA request. Dan Sova was again saved by his colleagues from being arrested.
DNA Chief-Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi has notified the prosecutor general to ask the Senate to consent to the detention and arrest of Senator Dan Sova.
According to DNA, from October 2011 to July 2014, Dan Sova demanded sums of money and received a total of EUR 100,000 from a denunciator, in return for trafficking in the actual influence he had over Mihai Balan, General Manager of the CET Govora S.A. thermal plant, in order for the latter to sign an agreement for legal assistance with a certain law firm, operating under a EUR 10,000 monthly subscription scheme.
Mihai Balan, General Manager of CET Govora, was initially arrested for abuse of office. Later on, the High Court decided to place him on probation for the duration of the investigation.

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