Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated that he has no doubt that the criminal prosecution against him will continue, but not “to serve justice,” claiming that he is thus paying for the fact that he is “an inconvenient politician” and adding that he will not resign from the Senate.
“I have absolutely no doubt that the procedure that prosecutors started today will continue, not in order to serve justice in this case but for easy to understand reasons. I cannot help noting here the speed with which my indictment case file has been drafted, in contrast to the dust that has settled for years and years on some case files at the DNA. I am part of the category of inconvenient politicians who have the courage to state things as they are, in a Romania that often prefers to remain silent,” Tariceanu stated in reaction to the DNA’s announcement that a criminal probe has started against him for perjury.
Tariceanu added he does not plan to resign from the office of Senate Speaker since he is not an indictee in this case.
“I want to assure everyone: friends, sympathisers, the press, the public opinion and persons who are currently working at the Presidential Palace that I will continue my fight for the return to democracy, to the values for which people died in 1989, and I won’t be intimidated by pressures coming from those who compromised and continue to compromise the judiciary and the rule of law. I will fight in order for us not to revert to the terror of the 1950s, which, lo and behold, is being repeated today,” the ALDE Co-President added in a press release published on the Senate’s website.
He also stated that his hearing in the restitution of forests case was an abuse and “alphabet agencies have slipped from mandatory civilian oversight.”
“Today, when we are living in a prosecutors’ republic based on the policy of case files and handcuffs, citizens can no longer make the choice in a democratic way. There will be elections on June 5, but regardless of whom citizens elect, today the decisions are taken by alphabet agencies that control society. These institutions have completely slipped from mandatory civilian oversight,” the communiqué points out.
The politician also claims he answered in good faith the questions asked by investigators.
“As a consequence of the subpoena I received yesterday from DNA Brasov, I showed up today, as a private person, in line with the text of the subpoena, at the institution’s offices, as suspect in case file 90/P/2016.”
“The communiqué released today by the DNA lets the public opinion know the prosecutors’ point of view, which this time around talks about the Senate Speaker, a public person, not about the private person invited through the subpoena [at the hearings] in relation to the felonies of perjury and aiding the perpetrator. I don’t want to get into the substance of the issue at this moment but it is absurd to be suspected of wanting to endanger my position in society in order to aid, through false testimony, persons with whom I have absolutely no kind of ties. (…) On April 15, I was heard by DNA Brasov as witness in the illegal restitutions case. On that occasion, I answered in good faith the questions asked by investigators, despite the fact that I considered my hearing to be in the best of cases overzealousness on DNA’s part. The report on the indictees in the case had been finalised before my hearing, but someone wanted to have footage of the Senate Speaker entering the DNA offices. He got them, but I understood today that not the photo opportunity and the report in the illegal restitutions case were the main reasons behind subpoenaing me in April. The hearings in April laid the ground for what I call today’s legal abuse,” the ALDE Co-President added.
Tariceanu concludes his “plea” by stating that he “will not ease his pressure for the Romanian President and CSAT [Supreme Defence Council] to do their duty in order to find out the truth in the Hexi Pharma case.”
Letter to voters: SRI and DNA have become an occult and irrational supra-branch of government
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, indicted on Tuesday by anticorruption prosecutors, states in an open letter to voters that the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have become “an occult and irrational supra-branch that substitutes voters to a significant extent,” comparing them with the former Securitate.
“Many of you won’t vote, because you completely lost trust in politicians and institutions. Your attitude is encouraged, if not actually generated, by the DNA and SRI, two state agencies about which we should seldom hear, but that have set it as their mission to cast generalised suspicion upon politicians and to erode trust in political parties. With the help of denunciations, which haven’t been practiced on this scale since the 1950s, the DNA has managed to substitute itself, to a significant extent, to voters and to decide, through the abuse of power conferred to it by law, who can stand before citizens in order to ask for their confidence and who has to be deprived of the exercise of this constitutional right. I wonder today, once more, who precisely establishes DNA’s and SRI’s policy, who decides, within these institutions, who the next victim will be? These agencies have become a supra-branch, above the three constitutional branches of government. An occult and irrational supra-branch that awakens, in the mind of mature generations, the memory of the role played by the Communist Party and its strong arm the Securitate,” the Senate Speaker’s message reads.
He asks voters to vote in the local elections “in the memory of the era in which we formally voted because we were forced to,” and claims he has absolutely no reservation toward prosecutors who, armed with strong evidence, fight against corruption.
“Now, after so much time, my turn has come up too. I was eagerly waiting for the moment. I’m convinced the DNA thoroughly did its homework. Why? Because, despite the fact that the law prevents me from going into detail, I can tell you I am charged in a case that concerns alleged deeds committed in 2008. This is what I call thorough research. Of course, the timing chosen for my indictment has nothing to do with the June 5 elections. It’s a pure coincidence! Not after 8 days, 8 weeks, 8 months, but only after 8 years did the DNA leadership finally decide to indict me. Obviously, at this moment I’m wasting my time with lawyers, prosecutors and case files, instead of travelling the country convincing voters to vote for and support ALDE’s candidates,” Tariceanu explained.
He stated he relies on Romanians’ support in his fight “against abuse of power and corrupt politicians.”
“Allow me to confess that not even ALDE members were safe from abuses of power. But I can assure you that, if any kind of charges are proven, it would mean the end of the career for any person concerned. No kind of compromise or deal is acceptable. In a still fragile democracy such as Romania’s, all people of democratic persuasion should fight to restore normalcy in society and at the level of state institutions. What is happening now is unacceptable and, believe me, I will continue this struggle until the end,” the ALDE Co-President concluded.
Ponta publishes list of people “Iohannis wants to get rid of as soon as possible”
In a posting on Facebook on Tuesday evening, ex-Premier Victor Ponta suggests that Tariceanu is on a list of persons that President Iohannis “wants to get rid of as soon as possible,” alongside other political leaders or leaders of institutions currently removed from office.
“So the list of persons Mr. Iohannis wanted to get rid of as soon as possible in order for his own incompetence to no longer matter: Victor Ponta, Liviu Dragnea, Gabriel Oprea, Crin Antonescu and now Calin Popescu Tariceanu among politicians; Tiberiu Nitu, Alina Bica, Horia Georgescu – from institutions (George Maior had the ability of leaving in time)! Or maybe Dan Condrea too?!”
“Who else does Mr. Iohannis have on the list, in order to know who is getting ready for hearings?”
“P.S. And of course now we are waiting for Mr. Iohannis to come out and ask Tariceanu to resign. Had he stolen some houses using false documents he could have remained in office, otherwise no way!”
“Update – Iohannis is too tired from so much work and did not personally come out to ask for his resignation. The two stray dogs Laurel and Hardy (known as Gorghiu and Blaga in their ID papers) have jumped instead. Look at them barking at Tariceanu, they almost broke their chains,” Ponta wrote on Facebook.
Dragnea asked whether Tariceanu can still lead the Senate after start of criminal probe: I believe so
Social Democrat Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea believes that Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu can still lead the institution despite the fact that DNA prosecutors indicted him on Tuesday, accusing him of perjury and aiding the perpetrator.
When asked whether Tariceanu can still keep his Senate Speaker office, Liviu Dragnea stated on Tuesday in Cugir: “I believe so.”
The PSD President was then asked whether keeping Calin Popescu Tariceanu in office at the helm of the Senate would not be a liability for the institution.
“Liability from whose point of view? Do you know what the most important thing is for Parliament? To adopt good laws so that Romanians live better. I no longer support this idea of strong points and weak points and “it looks bad.” We have a weak point again… before whom? (…) I repeat, Mr. Tariceanu’s case aside, the idea that the Parliament of Romania, the most important institution of democracy in a state, should work in order to score pluses or minuses or not to get minuses from someone else seems to me profoundly wrong for us as a state. Honestly. This is not how the issue should be seen,” Dragnea stated.
Gorghiu: With Dragnea, Ponta, Tariceanu, we will become a Hexi Pharma. They want to impeach the President
National Liberal Party (PNL) Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated on Tuesday that the Dragnea-Ponta-Tariceanu triad will transform Romania into “a Hexi Pharma at national level” if they manage to carry out their plans – toppling the Government, impeaching President Klaus Iohannis and “diluting” the fight against corruption.
She told the Liberals who attended the event marking 141 years since the establishment of PNL that the electoral stake of 2016 is the fight between integrity and “abuse, corruption, baseness.”
“Baseness has names: Dragnea, Ponta, Tariceanu,” Gorghiu stated, adding that she is sorry to have to include a former PNL President on this list at such an anniversary moment.
She stated that the “triad” is trying “to generate the profoundest political crisis” Romania could experience, their plans prior to the parliamentary elections including the toppling of the Government, nominating Victor Ponta as Speaker of the Lower Chamber, a possible impeachment of President Klaus Iohannis and an anti-judiciary offensive.
“This triad will not stop at anything to implement this restoration of the knave state. (…) Romania will become a Hexi Pharma at national level, the anticorruption fight will be gradually diluted. PNL’s stake is to stop them because political time no longer has patience with these people,” the PNL Co-President emphasised, insisting that “every vote cast for parties other than PNL is a vote for PSD.”
“A party with our seniority can only be good. History vouches for us,” Gorghiu opined.
She concluded her speech by encouraging Catalin Predoiu, PNL’s candidate for the City Hall, arguing that none of his contenders successfully led a public institution before and that “City Hall civil servants would have them in their grasp by the time of the first morning coffee.”
PSD’s Stefanescu: Tariceanu should not resign, his indictment is the system’s counter-attack
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu should not resign and his indictment is the system’s counter-attack against a man who has complained against the alphabet agencies’ violations of human rights, PSD Deputy Secretary General Codrin Stefanescu stated for Mediafax. He added that “men from the shadows” have started a war against Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated for Mediafax on Tuesday that she hopes Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu will have the common sense to resign if the DNA prosecutors’ accusations turn out to be true, stating that the ALDE leader is “a notorious liar” with or without the criminal probe.
Alina Gorghiu stated that the ALDE leader is “a notorious liar” with or without the criminal probe.
“Unfortunately, he is still Senate Speaker, despite the fact that he does not live up to the standard that the office requires and obviously you will continue to see an entire campaign to victimise this man, a campaign carried out by all the acolytes he has so far backed on the left wing. I too am waiting for supplementary information from the Prosecutor’s Office, however, Calin Popescu Tariceanu is a notorious liar with or without the criminal probe for perjury,” Gorghiu said.
The PNL Co-President added that “the whole PSD-ALDE leadership is gangrened.”
On Tuesday, PNL Lower Chamber MP Ovidiu Raetchi asked Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu to resign, after DNA prosecutors started a criminal probe against him for perjury and aiding the perpetrator.
The PNL MP, candidate for Bucharest’s District 5 Mayoralty, stated that the Senate Speaker led an anti-DNA campaign in recent years because he knew he was involved in the abusive restitutions case.
Traian Basescu – Calin Popescu Tariceanu alliance? Ex-president says Senate Speaker has no reasons to resign
Ex-president Traian Basescu chimes in with his opinion in Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s case. The ex-president reacted to the start of a criminal probe against the Senate Speaker.
Traian Basescu stated that Tariceanu has no reasons to resign, after DNA prosecutors started their criminal probe against him for perjury and aiding the perpetrator, since ALDE has not included this among its integrity criteria. Basescu stated on Wednesday at a press conference in Suceava that ALDE’s integrity criteria do not include resignation if a party member is being criminally probed.
“ALDE does not have among its integrity criteria resignation when criminally probed. So the constitutional principle according to which you are innocent until proven guilty is in force. The presumption of innocence is in force,” Traian Basescu stated, being quoted by Mediafax. He pointed out that if ALDE had had that measure among its integrity criteria, “as PSD hurriedly adopted,” his resignation could have been demanded.
Mircea Geoana criticises Tariceanu and PSD: An informal fighting coalition
The criminal file opened on Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s name was the final drop for Mircea Geoana. The former Senate Speaker, one of the most outspoken supporters of the judiciary’s independence, warned about the reactivation of what he recently called “the Coalition of Evil.”
“A multi-partisan line of force is being created, publicly planning to slow down the rhythm of the fight against corruption and to contain the independence of the judiciary. The champions and PR vectors of this informal but real coalition are known. They are trying to protect the groups of interests inconvenienced by the fight against corruption. It’s a danger for Romania’s present and future. It’s our obligation, of those who understand that a country with corrupt politicians cannot be a prosperous country,” the President of the Romanian Social Party stated at a press conference in Iasi.
Balance in such a situation can be reached only by modifying the Lower Chamber and Senate Regulations and adopting a code of conduct that would ensure that persons targeted by criminal probes would lose their public offices, Geoana says.
“In order to avoid the embarrassing situations we have lately witnessed in the Government and Parliament, my proposal, as former Senate Speaker, is to modify the regulations and to adopt a mandatory code of conduct that would stipulate that when a criminal prosecution starts against an official holding an important office then that official would automatically lose his public office in order to avoid the situation in which the reputation of the entire institution is damaged by the fight over who is right. Only the judiciary establishes who is right,” the PSRO President stated.
The Romanian Parliament is the victim of a long process of public discrediting and periodically becomes, once more, through the actions of the same actors, the redoubt of the fight against the judiciary, PSRO warns in a communiqué in which it accuses certain MPs of “trying to manufacture methods with which to distort the meaning of the laws.”