Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Tuesday, at the headquarters of the Supreme Court (High Court of Cassation and Justice – ICCJ), where a new court hearing took place in the case in which he is indicted for perjury and connivance, that the prosecutors are trying to obtain denunciations against him.
“I don’t need any help because I’m innocent and I want only the truth to be established. The accusations are in fact baseless. It’s a kind of groundless charge. Prosecutors would be satisfied if we were to state what they want, possibly if we were to incriminate ourselves too. Considering the latest information – that prosecutors asked those heard in other cases to file denunciations against me – I believe it’s obvious that the goal is entirely different. Prosecutors are doing what is called a hunt, I’m not the only one in this situation. The DNA must understand that it too must observe the Constitution, the law, the citizen’s rights and liberties. The DNA is a kind of political police in Romania. I consider unacceptable this behaviour on the part of the prosecutors who are trying to snatch denunciations against certain persons from those investigated,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated at the end of the court hearing.
The Senate Speaker was heard by prosecutors on Tuesday in the case in which he is prosecuted for making false statements when he was heard as witness in the case concerning the restitution of the Baneasa Royal Farm and of a part of the Snagov Forest.
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) indicted Calin Popescu Tariceanu in July 2016, alongside Dorin Marian, former chief of the Premier’s Chancellery. During the court hearing on Tuesday, Tariceanu’s lawyer asked for Remus Truica to be heard, the request being admitted. The next court hearing is scheduled on April 25, when two witnesses will be heard, Senate Speaker’s ex-wife Ioana Valmar set to be one of them.
“Of course, the trial is following its course, other witnesses will be heard too, in order to clarify the aspects incriminated in this case. Remus Truica has been heard in this case however his statement was not mentioned, namely there was an attempt to evade a statement that, obviously, was not favourable to the accusations levelled by the prosecutors,” Tariceanu added.
The case concerns the statement that Tariceanu gave before DNA Brasov on 15 April 2016, in which he “falsely pointed out he was unaware of: – the restitution, to Paul Philippe Al Romaniei, of a plot of land located in Baneasa (the former royal farm) and in Snagov (Fundul Sacului forest plot); – the involvement, in the restitution procedures, of defendants Tal Silberstein, Beny Steinmetz, Moshe Agavi and of other persons; – the paperwork concerning the sale of these assets,” the DNA explained through a press release.
According to the aforementioned source, Calin Popescu Tariceanu “also made false statements and did not say everything he knew about the relationship he had – against the aforementioned backdrop – with defendants Tal Silberstein, Andronic Dan Catalin and Truica Remus, the meetings and talks he had with the latter regarding the notary public fees for the sale of the aforementioned real-estate assets and the way the claimed assets were obtained and capitalised on.”