Liviu Dragnea at ICCJ: “I’m helped by no pardon. Romania is the land of denunciations and wiretapping”. PSD head advises Justice Minister to get inspired from previous Governments’ experience on pardon

Present on Tuesday at the High Court of Justice and Cassation (ICCJ), for the first court hearing of the trial in which he is indicted for instigation to abuse of office, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu  Dragnea was asked by journalists what would he advise the Minister of Justice in connection with the two draft ordinances on the granting of pardons and the amending of the Criminal Codes.

“I would advise him to get inspired from the experience of precursors, meaning from the experience of the previous Governments. Whether to pass an ordinance or to adopt bills, this is their problem, but it is better to look at the experience of precursors. If pardon was passed by ordinance in the past, he could do it again. If not, I do not know if it would be ok. (…) For now, I saw much scandal on some intentions. I also saw a public debate and I say let’s wait and see what the Government will do,” Dragnea said.

Asked by journalists whether a possible pardon would help him with his legal case, the PSD leader stated that a pardon law would not help him, adding that Romania is the land of denunciations and wiretapping.

“What pardon could help me? No pardon helps me. I have not heard the Government saying it wants to decriminalize abuse of office. On the other hand, I know we have a Constitutional Court that adopted a decision, as far as I know, at least this morning it was in force. If we have to take it to the streets in order not to place the decisions of the Constitutional Court in agreement with the legislation, this is also an option or maybe the Constitutional Court issued this decision for me.”

Asked whether the financial damage threshold of RON 200,000 for abuse of office helps him, the head of the PSD said: “Take a careful look at my file and at what the press published or what was publicly debated. It does not help me personally. I understood from the DNA [National Anticorruption Directorate] that it has a problem with 15,000 cases. I do not think that those 15,000 cases are about me, as far as I know. I too want to bring witnesses and I would like them to hear again the witnesses that were heard by the DNA, to see whether this trial will continue and will be based on one false statement or two false statements that the DNA obtained in suspicious circumstances. I very carefully read all statements. Anyone of good faith who carefully reads those statements and the statements of witnesses can see that they are rigged or easily seen through, dictated. We are talking about a lady who made a false statement, who was previously convicted for passive bribery and who probably has another case and with whom an agreement appears to have been reached. This is Romania, the land of denunciations and wiretapping. These are the main pillars on which court cases are based in Romania and for which people are going to prison,” the PSD President said at the Supreme Court headquarters.

High Court of Justice and Cassation magistrates postponed on Tuesday, for February 14, the case in which PSD President Liviu Dragnea is accused of instigation to abuse of office in connection with the employment of two party members at the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC) Teleorman.

The reason for postponement was the fact that three of the indicted persons did not hire a lawyer. Dragnea’s ex-wife, Bombonica Prodana, did not show up at the court hearing, sending a message through her lawyer that she wants to be tried in absence.

When leaving court, Liviu Dragnea said that his case is based on a false statement, obtained by the DNA in “suspicious circumstances.”

Liviu Dragnea was indicted by the DNA for abuse of office and instigation to intellectual forgery, guilty acts allegedly committed as head of the Teleorman County Council.

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