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April 14, 2021
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Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s trial, adjourned . Senate’s Chairman to be heard on April 11. “I don’t acknowledge charges, nor do I understand them”

Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) on Tuesday told the justices with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) that he doesn’t acknowledge the charges leveled against him by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), nor does he understand them, asking to be judged by the normal procedure in the case where he is investigated for perjury and favoring the perpetrator.

At the first hearing of the merit trial, Tariceanu was asked by the court’s head Ana Maria Dascalu if he acknowledges the charges and if he wants to be tried through simplified procedure.

“My stance is I don’t acknowledge the charges brought against me and I don’t understand them and therefore I want my trial to unfold by the usual, common law procedure,” Tariceanu answered.

“I’ll go into details only when I’ll be heard. You saw Mr. Ponta’s statement, since it’s public, and I believe it’s clear enough and it doesn’t include anything that can incriminate me” said the Senate’s President after the court’s session.

Tariceanu’s lawyer stated that no statement in the file is against his client, mentioning that the case is “a mystification of DNA Brasov”. The lawyer asked for a postponement, on ground that he wishes to look at the prosecutors’ evidence and to submit their own evidence, too.

The court agreed to delay the trial to 11 April, when Calin Popescu-Tariceanu will be heard.

Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Brasov sent the Senate’s President Calin Popescu Tariceanu to judgment in July, 2016, for perjury and favoring the perpetrator; the former Head of the PM Chancellery, Dorin Marian, is going to be judged together with him, since the case is related to the statement they made in the case on the allegedly illegal restitution of an area of the Snagov Forest and of the Baneasa Farm.

Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s judgment is related to the statement he made at DNA Brasov on April 15, 2016, in which “he falsely mentioned that he didn’t know about: – the restitution to Paul Philippe of Romania of certain land areas in Baneasa (the former royal farm) and in Snagov (the forest trunk Fundul Sacului), – the involvement of the defendants Tal Silberstein, Beny Steinmetz, Moshe Agavi and other person in the restitution proceedings, – the sale documents being related to these assets”, as DNA explained in a press release.

According to the quoted source, Popescu Tariceanu Calin Constantin Anton “also made other false statements and he didn’t say all that he knew about the relationship with the defendants Tal Silberstein, Andronic Dan Catalin and Truica Remus, in the above mentioned context, the meetings and the discussions held with the latter referring to the notary fees on the trading of the above mentioned real estates and on the manner of acquisition and realization of the claimed assets”.

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