Ex-president Traian Basescu stated on Sunday evening that Romania could be condemned at the European Court of Human Rights for the actions of National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors which resulted in court acquittals.
He claims he has information that several persons have already filed complaints against the Romanian state at the ECHR.
“Romania will pay enormously. Do you think any of those who were paraded in handcuffs outside the DNA won’t receive reparations from the ECHR? Because I’ll show you, it’s clearly written: you are not allowed to parade him in handcuffs, to display him as guilty before he is convicted. I know very many who have been paraded in handcuffs for the glory of Ms Kovesi, starting in 2015, and who have already filed complaints with the ECHR,” Basescu stated on RomaniaTV.
The ex-president gave Bulgaria as an example, a country that “was very severely fined at the ECHR for such a thing.”
PMP leader does not rule out parliamentary collaboration with PSD
PMP leader also said on Sunday night that he does not rule out a parliamentary majority with the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
In a broadcast at Romania TV private channel, the former head of state was asked which are the odds to shaping a majority with PSD, and his answer was not a firm one.
“I don’t know. I wish I could solve an issue of consciousness. It’s quite enough that everybody is accusing me that they go to jail because of me, because I am the father of a strong state, but on the other hand, while being at rule, I have built some institutions. They are strong, be they good or bad. Now I want to deal with the people, too, with their rights,” specified Basescu.
Basescu on parliamentary inquiry into 2009 elections: Nobody is obligated to show up
Ex-president Traian Basescu considers that none of the persons that may be called before the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009 has the obligation to accept such an invitation regardless of their capacity.
“Nobody is obligated to show up before a parliamentary commission. Not only public sector employees but politicians too, they are not obligated to go before a parliamentary commission. (…) A prosecutor’s office investigation is needed. You can’t say I won’t go there, irrespective of whether you’re a politician, a magistrate, regardless of who you are. You have to go there,” Basescu stated for RomaniaTV private television broadcaster.
The ex-president claimed that the investigation into the meeting that took place at Gabriel Oprea’s home on the evening of the elections, meeting in which National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Koves and former Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Director George Maior allegedly took part, must be investigated by prosecutors “to find out what they discussed.”
Basescu also expressed his opinion on the reason behind the meeting that took place on the night of the 2009 presidential elections.
“With all of them depending on me, they met at a politician’s home, to be able to see what the chances are, what might happen if one candidate or the other wins. Mircea Geoana could have won. I believe this was weighing heavily on them. Otherwise they would have had no reason being there,” the ex-president explained.