Parliament’s Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Oversight Committee has deemed it useful to invite Dan Andronic at its hearings next week, in order for him to present precise data and information about his article on the 2009 elections, SRI Oversight Committee Chairman Adrian Tutuianu stated on Tuesday.
“Regarding the statements that a journalist, Dan Andronic, has made in a publication, after lengthy consultations we all noticed that the published article lacks sufficient elements outlining the SRI’s involvement in the electoral process, but we considered it useful to invite Dan Andronic at hearings later next week, for him to come up with precise data and information,” Tutuianu said.
According to him, the SRI Oversight Committee will only verify the statements pertaining to the SRI.
“We are paying attention to everything the press publishes about the activity of the SRI and of this Service’s cadres. We haven’t planned at any point for the committee’s activity to interfere with the activity of other state institutions. The involvement of the SRI, the DNA or of other national security or judiciary institutions in the electoral process would be very serious and this would only undermine the democratic foundations of the Romanian state,” Tutuianu pointed out.
Asked whether he considers inviting other persons at the hearings too, Tutuianu answered: “If there is concrete data and information. For the time being we have a nicely-packaged story. I re-read that article many times, but I was unable to draw a conclusion. On the other hand, I know the public opinion has a preoccupation with this topic, as I said, because the SRI’s involvement in the electoral process would be very serious. For these reasons, we will invite him at the hearings.”
“If concrete elements are the result, we will go forward; if there are no concrete elements and we remain in the sphere of general statements without any kind of concrete evidence, obviously we will close the case because we have no reason to waste time. I don’t want us to… you know in football you sometimes fall for body feints, and we wouldn’t want that. I expect him to tell us concretely the what, the how, the who, the where, what kind of activities. It’s not sufficient just to say it, you also have to offer some sufficiently concrete elements,” Tutuianu added.
On Monday, journalist Dan Andronic published on evz.ro an article in which he claimed that on the evening of the presidential runoff in 2009 he went to Gabriel Oprea’s home, in his capacity as political consultant, and found SRI Director George Maior, SRI First Deputy Director Florian Coldea and Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi there. Dan Andronic wrote that that evening Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi were preoccupied with Traian Basescu’s victory.
Present at the Ploiesti Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Laura Codruta Kovesi refused to make any comments on the journalist’s claims. In reply, Andronic stated: “She won’t comment; that’s how it is when you have no answers.”