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August 17, 2022
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Transylvania’s Metropolitan Bishop summoned before prosecutors for a “blessing”

His Holiness Laurentiu Streza, the Metropolitan Bishop of Transylvania, showed up on Monday at the central headquarters of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in order to be heard in the case concerning books written by convicts, books that helped controversial convicts secure their early release from prison.

His Holiness Laurentiu Streza, whose name appears on one of the books written by businessman Gigi Becali, showed up accompanied by his lawyer.

Several convicts secured early release because they wrote books while in prison, books that they allegedly did not write themselves and that lack a scientific character.

Gigi Becali and Dan Voiculescu have been heard so far in this case, for the time being as witnesses.

In January, the Metropolitan Bishop of Transylvania refused to show up before the Ethics Commission of the ‘Lucian Blaga’ University of Sibiu, Commission that discussed the topic of books published behind bars. University sources stated that His Holiness Laurentiu Streza simply informed them that he gave “a blessing” to a book written by George Becali.

Subsequently, the Ethics Commission concluded that none of the 5 professors verified violated the Ethics and Professional Deontology Code and Law no.1/2011.

George Becali’s two books, written on religious topics, received recommendations from His Holiness Laurentiu Streza, Metropolitan Bishop of Transylvania, and His Holiness Teodosie, Archbishop of Constanta and Tomis.

The controversial businessman also wrote books about his political activity or his activity at Steaua Football Club, books presented as being scientific works.

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