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May 17, 2021

Former Interior Minister Oprea, criminally prosecuted by DNA: I have always done my duty

Former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea has gone to the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), summoned in a case for which the Senate approved the start of his criminal investigation for two counts of abuse of office.

DNA says one of the two counts of abuse of offices is the use cof human and material resources of the Interior Ministry to illegally secure Highway Police motorcades for his various whereabouts.

The second count regards the conclusion of a protocol under which the attorney general allegedly was extended the illegal use of official motorcades.

Oprea: It’s unfair; I’ll show up any time I am summoned

Upon leaving the main offices of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Gabriel Oprea said that he wants the truth is his case to be found as soon as possible. He added that he is innocent but he will show up before prosecutors any time he is summoned.

“I have always done my duty. I have worked hard, without a day of leave. I believe this is unfair, and I will show up before prosecutors any time I am summoned,” said Oprea.

Asked whether all his whereabouts accompanied by official motorcade were well justified, Oprea said he used to have around-the-clock security.

“I want to tell you that I used to have around-the-clock security, because I did not work normal hours: I would not go to work at 08:00hrs and back home at 16:00hrs; I was always at the disposal of the Romanian state and that is what I did. I did my job. I was a man with tens of organisations under his authority. I want the truth to be found as soon as possible. I am innocent, but I will show up before prosecutors any time I am summoned, and I want the Romanian justice to prosecute me,” said Oprea.

He added that he cannot say much because his is under an ongoing criminal investigation.

“What I can say is that first of all I asked them to strip of my immunity and I did it because I believe in my innocence and I want the truth to be out as soon as possible. On the other hand, when I was appointed interior minister there was a mechanism, a plan of measures and instructions in place all way back from 2000; it was mentioned in the law and the application rules, so it is functional and can be checked, whereby interior ministers for personal security are given a police car, while the state ministers, and in my case being a deputy prime minister, get a police car for around-the-clock security. The protocol was drawn up by the Romanian Police, its specialists, and it provided for one thing only: a partner organisation of the Interior Ministry, namely the General Prosecution Service, shall be provided a motorcade for justified use,” said Oprea.

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