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June 26, 2022
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Senate’s Speaker Tariceanu indicted by National Anticorruption Directorate

The Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has been indicted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for committing the crimes of perjury and favouring an offender.

According to a DNA press release, indicted in the same file has been Marius Dorin Marian, accused of perjury.

The indictment prepared by anticorruption prosecutors reads that in the case regarding the allegedly unlawful restitution of a land plot from Snagov Forest and the Baneasa Farm, Tariceanu made, under an April 15, 2016 oath, untrue declarations about essential aspects about which he was asked and did not say everything he knew related to essential circumstances and thus prevented / hindered holding the defendants liable.

Thus, Tariceanu claimed untruly that had no knowledge about the restitution to Paul Philippe of Romania of some land plots in Baneasa (former royal farm) and Snagov (Fundul Sacului forest), about the involvement of defendants Tal Silberstein, Beny Steinmetz, Moshe Agavi and of others in restitution procedures and about sale-purchase deeds on these goods.

Calin Popescu-Tariceanu is also accused of making inaccurate statements and did not say all he knew in connection with his relationship with defendants Tal Silberstein, Dan Catalin Andronic and Remus Truica, with the meetings and discussions held with the latter on notary fees related to trading the said goods and the manner of acquiring and sale the assets claimed.

“In the same context, the defendant also stated that he had no close relationship with defendant Marcovici Marius, hiding the fact he had no knowledge of the latter’s relationship with defendant Tal Silberstein. At the same time, the defendant Calin Popescu Tariceanu said untruly that he did not introduce Tal Silberstein to other politicians in Romania,” prosecutors say.

Also, the defendant Marius Dorin Marian is accused of making on April 28, 2016 inaccurate statements and did not say all he knew in connection with hiring Marius Andrei Marcovici, as personal adviser at the Chancellery of Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, following the latter’s understanding with Tal Silberstein.

At the same time, Marius Dorin Marian said untruly he did not know Marcovici’s activity and job attributions, given that the latter was known in political circles as “Tal’s man”.

The case has been sent to the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

 

Tariceanu: I don’t want to make any statements

 

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu has been indicted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), but he claims he found out on the internet about the prosecutors’ move and gave a brief press statement at the insistence of journalists.

“At the request of several journalists accredited at the Senate, I declare I found out from the “online” environment that the DNA has sent to the High Court of Justice the case file they have handled against me. I don’t want to make any kind of comments on the essence of the investigators’ accusations, the procedure will follow the legal track, but I want to assure all those interested in political life or in my future evolution that this circumstance does not change in any way my stance, my future projects and the constantly critical attitude I publicly expressed,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated.

 

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