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January 21, 2021

Former PM Victor Ponta asks DNA to investigate Klaus Iohannis

Victor Ponta says that in a state in which everyone is equal before the law, anticorruption prosecutors should start probing the President. Klaus Iohannis is allegedly guilty of conflict of interests, the former Premier wrote on his Facebook page. He referred to the fact that the President nominated Mihai Alexandru Gradinar, whose father declares himself Klaus Iohannis’s “good family friend,” as ambassador to Denmark.

Referring to the ambassadors President Klaus Iohannis nominated, Victor Ponta writes that in normal conditions there should be a chain of events that would result in the criminal prosecution and resignation of the President.

“DNA should ask for the start of the criminal prosecution against Mr. Klaus Iohannis for “conflict of interests,” a crime stipulated by Article 301 of the Criminal Code, because: when exercising his prerogatives he took part in the adoption of a decision that resulted in a benefit for a person with whom he had commercial or professional ties in the last 5 years,” the former Premier wrote on his Facebook page.

Victor Ponta also considers that it would be normal for Romanians to take part in street protests against the President, just as they did after the Colectiv nightclub tragedy. The street protests sparked by that tragedy in early November 2015 resulted in Victor Ponta’s resignation from the office of Premier.

“The beautiful and free young people who asked for “a different kind of politics” will take to the streets this evening to ask for the resignation of the guilty President (just as they are doing these days in Brazil, France etc.),” Victor Ponta added.

“On the occasion of his resignation, Mr. Iohannis will also be investigated for forgery and use of forgery, crimes committed in order to fraudulently obtain a house in Sibiu, as already established by the Brasov Court of Appeals through a final ruling. And, of course, ANAF will ask him to pay back the RON 600 M he unlawfully collected as rent for the house he fraudulently obtained,” the former Premier opined on what the next stage should be.

“I believe Romania is a rule of law state in which we are all equal before the law and responsible for our actions – or NOT?!” Victor Ponta concluded.

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