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October 29, 2020

Senate Standing Bureau to discuss on Wednesday authorization of investigation against former minister Oprea

The Standing Bureau of the Senate will discuss on Wednesday the National Anticorruption Directorate’s request of authorization to launch a criminal investigation on Senator Gabriel Oprea a former vice prime minister and interior minister, Senate Speaker Calin-Popescu Tariceanu announced on Tuesday. The Senate, whose plenary has the final say on the matter, is in recess until next week.

“I have convened the Standing Bureau for 11am tomorrow [Wednesday]; it has to forward the file to the Legal Committee, which will draw up a report to the Standing Bureau, then the request will be submitted to the plenum,” Popescu-Tariceanu explained at the Senate.

The Legal Committee of the Senate will convene next week, “not earlier than Tuesday, but I cannot estimate a date for its report,” he added.
Deputy Prosecutor General Codrut Olaru sent on Monday to the Senate the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) notification for formulating the indictment request on Gabriel Oprea, former Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and former Minister of the Interior, related to committing two offenses of abuse of office with obtaining undue advantages when he held the ministerial position.

“In line with the provisions of art. 109 para. 2 of the Romanian Constitution, art. 12 and art. 19 of Law no. 115/1999, art. 305 para. 4 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Decision no. 270 / 10.03.2008 of the Constitutional Court, deputy prosecutor general with the High Court of Cassation and Justice has demanded that the Senate formulate the indictment request on Oprea Gabriel, a current Senate member, for committing two offenses of abuse of office,” reads a press release issued for Agerpres by the General Prosecutor’s Office.

The DNA request has been approved by Codrut Olaru, after Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu and his first deputy, Bogdan Licu, have abstained in this case.

According to the DNA, the offense of abuse of office is the use of human and material resources of the relevant ministry to ensure, unlawfully, a traffic police escort for Oprea’s travels.

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