JUSTICE

Former president Basescu fined 600 lei for discriminatory statement against Roma people

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) issued a final ruling requiring former Romanian president Traian Basescu to pay 600 lei in fines. Basescu had been fined in 2010 by the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) for stating that many nomad Roma people “traditionally, live off what they can steal.”

ICCJ rejected Basescu’s appeal and upheld the decision issued by the Court of Appeals on 27 June 2014, which had confirmed the fine imposed by the CNCD.

In November 2010, Traian Basescu stated that many Romanian citizens of Roma ethnicity live off what they steal, but that Bucharest authorities cannot forbid them to travel freely in the European Union.

On 10 February 2014, CNCD decided to fine Basescu 600 lei, on grounds that his declarations were discriminatory and violated the right to dignity of the Roma people.

Moreover, the CNCD stated that the fine was imposed due to the fact that this was not the first time Basescu had made an act of discrimination.

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