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November 27, 2021

Oprea about meeting on night of 2009 elections: Maior, Dancu, Iordanescu, Ontanu invited for dinner

Former Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea stated on Wednesday that the meeting which was organized at his house, on the night of the second round of the presidential elections in 2009, was a “simple dinner”, an informal meeting, where he invited George Maior, Vasile Dancu, Anghel Iordanescu, Dan Andronic and Neculai Ontanu.

“It was a simple dinner. Even if I disappoint you, I’m telling the truth,” Oprea stated in a phone call intervention on Antena 3 private television station.

When asked by the host of the broadcast, namely Mihai Gadea, if that meeting was also attended by Laura Kovesi, Florian Coldea and George Maior, Oprea answered: “I also mentioned it in the intervention on Thursday, even with the risk of disappointing. Then, on Sunday, 6 December, it was a simple dinner […] We celebrated the birthday or the onomastics of Mr Ontanu. It was a dinner, we served dinner, watched TV. Certainly I wished ‘Happy birthday!’ to Mr Ontanu. I mentioned the persons that I, Gabriel Oprea have invited: Mr Maior, Mr Dancu, Mr Iordanescu, Mr Andronic, Mr Ontanu. With the risk of disappointing you, it was an informal meeting.”

When the host of the broadcast repeatedly asked Oprea if the meeting was attended by Kovesi and Coldea, or if they came uninvited, the former Deputy PM stated that at that meeting he only invited the persons he had already mentioned.

“I understand very clearly your position. I was fair and made the respective clarifications. It was an informal meeting, a dinner, this thing will be proved, it was nothing political. We served dinner and watched TV,” Oprea mentioned.

When asked how the truth will be proven in this case, Oprea replied: “I understand that there is a committee, under oath, it was a dinner and nothing more. I invited these persons […]. I understand the timing, I also understand Dan Andronic’s irritation, I may say that I also have my annoyances, but I have to tell the truth. It was a simple dinner on 6 December and nothing more.”

Journalist Dan Andronic recently wrote that in December 2009, in the second round of the presidential elections, high officials of the Romanian state, among whom George Maior, Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi went at Gabriel Oprea’s house and helped Traian Basescu to win the elections against Mircea Geoana.

President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Tuesday that the information that surfaced into the public space related to the parliamentary elections of 2009 is worth being investigated by a parliamentary committee.

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated, a week ago, that an investigation committee regarding the 2009 presidential elections might be established.

“I believe that next week we can establish the investigation committee,” Dragnea told Antena 3 private broadcaster.

He added that besides former heads of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi and former President Traian Basescu, Former Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi, head of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS) Marcel Opris, Vasile Blaga and other persons will be summoned to the committee.

“The fact that this statement came out and that Mr Traian Basescu confirmed it gives us the grounds of establishing this investigation committee. Yes, I have talked with my colleagues to verify and they will tell me tomorrow if I, as the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber can be the president of this investigation committee. I found them very serious and I want to call in for hearing absolutely all the persons whom we have information about or whom information can appear about in the next days in respect to what happened in those elections,” Dragnea stated.

The PSD leader also voiced hope that the parliamentary committee overseeing SRI’s activity also starts an inquiry into this topic.

Dan Andronic’s hearing at the Oversight Committee of SRI is worthless taking into account that the setting up of another committee was announced for the elections of 2009, head of the committee Adrian Tutuianu stated on Tuesday.

He added that in order to establish this investigation committee first the Standing Bureaus have to gather, then decide to summon the Parliament plenary, afterwards a decision has to be adopted of the joint Chambers on setting up the committee and approving its functioning regulation.

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