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January 27, 2023

Traian Basescu, the first interview after his brother’s conviction: I suspect a frame up

Traian Basescu talked on Tuesday evening for Romania TV about his brother, Mircea Basescu, in his influence peddling file. The former President thinks his brother is the victim of a frame-up.
“I was surprised to receive the sentence. I was expecting a different verdict. It is a decision reached by the Court and I subdue. I personally suspect a frame-up. I will not comment on who did it and how. A court issued a heavy sentence. Mircea must prove at the Appeal Court that he is innocent”, Traian Basescu declared for Romania TV.

The leader of the Popular Movement presented a document in his brother’s file, a notification allegedly submitted by Mircea Basescu to the General Prosecutor regarding the pressure put on him by the Borcea clan and explained that he has informed the SRI management on pressure his brother had to endure”.

“It is a document in a file, a fax sent to the prosecutor general on March 2, 2011, in which he wrote: ‘on the day of February 20, 2011, at 8:30 PM, when I arrived home, there was Bercea Mondial’s wife waiting for me with two women, worried by the fate of their husband and brother. They wanted me to help them. I explained to them there was no way I could help them. It happened in the dark. The next day, I stopped at the County Police Inspectorate of Constanta. I announced to Head of the Inspectorate on the visit. Today, on March 2, 2011, at 4:45 in the morning, I was awaken by the same two female guests who seemed unaware that Anghel had a trial, but thought I could solve this issue. I once again explained them that I cannot do it, and in 15 minutes, they left to Slatina”. The document was sent on March 2, 2011, and Kovesi was the Prosecutor General”, Traian Basescu explained.

The former President also pointed out that he has requested his brother to send the notification to the General Prosecutor as well. On March 2, I invited the heads of SRI, Maior and Coldea, and I notified them on these pressure. The next day, they started to monitor by phone and conduct surveillance on the Bercea and Marian Capatana families, and the investigation in Slatina showed that someone else was peddling their influence. I notified SRI as there was a risk”, Traian Basescu explained.

“I think that the entire story is a frame-up. A person who warns the institutions of the state about things that may happen does not end up in this situation. One person who warns the state institutions and then collects money… You will see accusations of influence peddling while Bercea Mondial was in Court, in Slatina”, the ex-President revealed.

Băsescu confesses how Laura Codruta Kovesi became general prosecutor: I wanted her to be a woman and to be young

The President of the Popular Movement, Traian Basescu, declared for Romania TV that the Head of DNA, Laura Codruta Kovesi was “a 28-year-old child from Sibiu” when he appointed her general prosecutor of Romania, but he wanted her in this position because her success rate was 100 per cent. Moreover, the ex-President mentioned having appointed Florian Coldea as Deputy Chief of SRI because he considered Coldea was “smart” when he met him, at the time Romanian journalists were kidnapped in Iraq.

Traian Basescu also mentioned that, if he could turn back time, he would not hesitate to once again appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi in the position of General Prosecutor of Romania.
“Codruta was a 28-year-old child from Sibiu, a prosecutor that has completed about three files. (…) My target was to find a woman and that she would be young. She was the youngest prosecutor on the list shown to me. If I remember well, she had three files ended in a conviction. I said: “She is a young prosecutor and her rate of success is 100 per cent. I want Codruta as my general prosecutor”, the former President declared for Romania TV.

Traian Basescu also talked about appointing Florian Coldea as Deputy Chief of SRI: “Coldea was a little Mayor. The Romanian military structures have so many mayors, that you can cover the entire Black Sea with them. I got my eyes on him and I decided to give him a chance. We made him Lieutenant – Colonel and Prime Deputy of the Head of SRI. (…) Young Coldea was a small company boy, compared to what he is now. I liked that he was young, he looked well, he was the deputy of a general in the Anti-Terrorism Department. I said: “If he had the guts to make him a Deputy in the Anti-Terrorism Department, why wouldn’t I make him Prime Deputy at SRI?”, the former Head of the State added.

Traian Basescu outlined that “even if he would be asked a hundred times” he would appoint again Kovesi and Florian Coldea in those positions. “I have created these people, I have given them a chance”, Traian Basescu added.

The former President mentioned that he would not forget what Kovesi said in one of her latest interviews. “I was saddened by a declaration. And I wondered what was the mechanism of this human being. And then I said to myself that power corrupts and makes you sick. She insisted to outline that “we arrested both those who proposed us and those who appointed us”. I will never forget what Kovesi said”, Basescu also added for Romania TV.

On legal cases opened on his name: This is the life of a former president

Former President Traian Basescu stated on Tuesday on Romania TV that 46 criminal cases have been opened on his name, according to the figures that Romania’s Attorney General gave to him, despite the fact that there was information according to which he was allegedly at the centre of 56 cases, 49 of which were closed.
Traian Basescu stated that having complaints filed against him is part of a former president’s life, but pointed out he will place himself at the prosecutors’ disposal every time he is summoned.

“I take into account the figures sent by the Attorney General. There were 46 criminal cases. I am very good at constitutional law but not good at criminal law. I can tell you that I am subpoenaed at the Targu Mures Court of Appeals on January 18, and on January 20 at Cluj. I gathered from the Prosecutor’s Office that out of 56 cases, 49 have been closed. When they summon me, I will go. There are many complaints, I presume, I don’t know them, the likes of why didn’t I resign in 5 minutes’ time but instead returned after Parliament’s vote… This is the life of a former president,” Traian Basescu stated on Romania TV.

The former president added that “there is nobody in this country with whom he engaged in influence peddling or money trafficking.” “I steered clear of this,” Traian Basescu emphasized.
Traian Basescu pointed out that his son-in-law Radu Pricop is charged with being an accessory to blackmail, alongside Sergiu Lucinschi, the son of a former Moldovan President.

“He was accused of drafting a document at DIICOT in 2013, a document with which he pressured someone… I’m telling you, in 2013 he wasn’t Lucinschi’s lawyer, then he was shown a recording in which he was talking to Lucinschi, after the prosecutor handling the case found out that he was not the lawyer that filed the statement of defence and that he wasn’t Sergiu Lucinschi’s lawyer in 2013. A discussion between my son-in-law and Lucinschi was presented, [telling Lucinschi] not to do what he was proposing, and the prosecutor handling the case said: yes, this recording would exonerate you, but I am sure you knew you were under surveillance and that is why you said that, to create a cover,” the Popular Movement President pointed out.

The High Court of Justice ruled on November 20 that Bucharest Court of Appeals judges should start judging in substance the case in which lawyer Radu Pricop, former president Traian Basescu’s son-in-law, and businessman Sergiu Lucinschi were arraigned. Radu Pricop is charged with being an accessory to blackmail alongside Sergiu Lucinschi, the son of a former President of Moldova.

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