*Public Prosecution Service will probe abuse of office and forging of documents and electoral evidence
The Supreme Court’s Prosecutor’s Office has opened a criminal case into the presidential elections of 2009 and will probe abuse of office and the forging of documents and electoral evidence. The probe started following the information that Dan Andronic publicly revealed.
“Today, 24 April 2017, the Criminal Prosecution and Forensics Section of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Justice registered a criminal case opened as a result of information that journalist Dan Andronic made public, information according to which there are suspicions that public authorities and/or persons other than those legally empowered to do so got involved in the electoral process that took place in December 2009,” the Public Ministry announced.
Prosecutors are probing the offences of abuse of office and forging of documents and electoral evidence.
The announcement came after Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated, regarding Dan Andronic’s statements about the 2009 elections, that the Public Ministry carefully analysed the public debate and will present its point of view on the issue.
Asked how would he see DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi’s presence at the hearings of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009, Augustin Lazar said he already made a statement and has no further comments on this topic.
DNA prosecutors have recently indicted Dan Andronic for perjury and connivance, because when he was heard as witness in the case concerning the presidential elections campaign of 2009, back in September 2016, he allegedly made false statements regarding the money that his company received for the political consultancy services he rendered during the elections campaign, claiming that the persons indicted in the case did not commit the crimes they are accused of.
Dan Andronic recently wrote that Laura Codruta Kovesi and Florian Coldea are two of the persons who helped Traian Basescu win the presidential elections in 2009. Andronic pointed out that on the night of the presidential runoff Gabriel Oprea invited him to his home. On his arrival, Andronic found George Maior, Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi already there.
“I froze. The State was there! SRI Director George Maior, SRI First Deputy Director Florian Coldea, Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi, former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea and another high-ranking person, whom I did not know, were there in that office. The expats’ votes. Here, Florian Coldea had a lot of data and figures, but George Maior was receiving information too. I believe that, while I was there, Kovesi received at least two phone calls which she answered by saying “yes, Mr President.” She was then leaving the room and continuing the phone conversation. Obviously, Kovesi was an important member of the group, I understood that based on the way she was asking about the actions that could be carried out. Laura Codruta Kovesi, George Maior, Florian Coldea, Gabriel Oprea remained in that room… The people who made Traian Basescu’s victory possible in 2009,” Andronic wrote.
Parliament has decided to set up a commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009.
The setting up of the commission of inquiry will be discussed by the joint Judiciary Committees on Tuesday, which will have to issue favourable reports on the proposal, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Serban Nicolae announced.
Ponta: “The investigation of the elections made by the prosecutors, an abuse, one of the Lazar’s tricks to block the parliamentary committee”
Former PM Victor Ponta believes that a possible investigation made by the Prosecutor General on the presidential elections of 2009 would be an “abuse” of the prosecutor Augustin Lazar, who wishes to block the parliamentary investigation started in this case.
“It seems to me an abuse and a specific trick for the manner… You know, Mr. Lazar is a sly guy, now that I know him for a long time ago. It’s a trick he uses to block the committee” Ponta said.
He believes that the Parliament’s idea to start an investigation is “very good”, because the Legislatrue “must be more powerful and respected”.
“My opinion is that absolutely any citizen of this country is obliged to come before a parliamentary investigation committee. There are no some guys who are smarter, more slick than the rest of the Romanians, and it’s a very good thing if what all of us saw and we liked it in the American movies, the committees in the American Congress, is happening in Romania, too”, Ponta added.