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Liviu Dragnea considers summoning President Iohannis before commission of inquiry into presidential elections of 2009

PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Thursday, at the Palace of Parliament, that he does not rule out summoning President Klaus Iohannis before the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009, pointing out that he finds it inadmissible for a Romanian to refuse to show up before a parliamentary commission of inquiry.

“If the commission reaches the conclusion that such a hearing is important for what the parliamentary inquiry wants to find out, why not?” Liviu Dragnea stated when asked whether the President might be summoned before the commission.

The PSD leader added that the regulations of the parliamentary commission will stipulate the mandatory presence of those summoned for hearings.

“We’ve all seen what kind of power commissions of parliamentary inquiry have in other states, starting with America and continuing with other states from other regions of the world. I find it inadmissible for someone from Romania to be able to refuse to show up before a commission of parliamentary inquiry. We’re talking about Parliament, which is the supreme institution of democracy in the Romanian state,” Dragnea added.

 

PSD leader accuses Prosecutor General’s Office of “acting embarrassingly,” following start of probe into the presidential elections of 2009

 

On Thursday, Liviu Dragnea attacked the Prosecutor General’s Office, accusing it of “acting embarrassingly” because it opened a probe into the presidential elections of 2009, stating that “it’s not all right for the Prosecutor’s Office to play like this with Parliament.”

“I’m interested in carrying to completion what we decided yesterday, namely for the commission’s objectives to be rectified, likewise to modify the regulations. This decision was generated by the Prosecutor General’s Office acting pretty embarrassingly and having a pretty embarrassing position, deciding to start a criminal probe into offences that had expired under the statute of limitations; after that they came up with the modification, they modified the press release. It’s not all right for the Prosecutor General’s Office to play like this with Parliament and I believe the regulations must be made in line with Constitutional Court decisions and with the Constitution, so that a commission of parliamentary inquiry wouldn’t be mocked by anyone,” Liviu Dragnea said.

The draft decision on the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009 has been sent back to the Judiciary Committees, in order to have its objectives clarified, considering that the Prosecutor’s Office has opened a probe. The request, made by Marcel Ciolacu, the leader of PSD’s group, was approved with 278 votes in favour and 17 against.

“Considering that the setting up of the special commission of inquiry was forwarded to the Joint Standing Bureau on 20 April 2017, having certain objectives (…), and on April 24 the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Justice issued a communique in which it requested a probe into the suspicion that some public authorities and persons, others than those legally entitled to, got involved in the electoral process of December 2009, I’m asking you to send back to the Joint Judiciary Committees the report on the clarification of the objectives of the commission of inquiry,” Marcel Ciolacu stated at the rostrum.

The Joint Judiciary Committees decided on Tuesday to adopt an amendment to the decision on the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the 2009 presidential elections. The amendment eliminated from the sphere of the commission’s prerogatives the offences set to be probed by the Prosecutor’s Office, namely abuse of office and the forgery of electoral documents. Lower Chamber Judiciary Committee Chairman Eugen Nicolicea did not want to explain what objectives are thus left for the commission, stating that those interested will be able to read the official communique.

 

Prosecution Service: Statute of limitations for offences investigated in 2009 presidential election case set at eight years

 

The Prosecution Service with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation said Wednesday that the statute of limitations for offences investigated in a recently opened 2009 presidential election case is set at eight years under the new Criminal Code.

“We are hereby informing that the statute of limitations for offences which criminal investigation has just started is set at 10 years under Article 122 (b) (c) in the old Criminal Code and at eight years under Article 154 (1)(c) in the new Criminal Code,” the service reported in a press statement released on Wednesday.

On Monday it announced having opened a criminal court case and conducting in rem investigations into allegations of abuse of office as criminalised under Article 297 para. 1, in application of Article 5 in the Criminal Code and forgery of electoral documents and recordings related to the December 2009 presidential election as criminalised under Article 391 para. 3 and 4 in the Criminal Code in application of Article 5 in the new Criminal Code (former Article 62 para. 3 and 4 in Law 370/2004 concerning the election of Romania’s president, as subsequently supplemented and recast).

“We are also informing that in accordance with Constitutional Court Ruling 265/2014, published in the Official Journal no. 372 of May 20, 2014 the provisions of Article 5 on the new Criminal Code (application of the more favourable law) are constitutional to the extent that they do not allow commingling provisions from successive laws in establishing and applying the more favourable criminal law,”, the service explained.

The case was opened based on public revelations by journalist Dan Andronic.

Journalist Dan Andronic has recently written that in the round-off presidential election of 2009, high ranking officials of Romania, including George Maior, Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi, went to Gabriel Oprea’s house. He argued that Kovesi and Colde were invested in Traian Basescu winning the election.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea responded that the meeting at his home was just a dinner where invited were George Maior, Vasile Dincu, Anghel Iordanescu, Dan Andronic and Neculai Ontanu. He also avoided multiple times to say whether or not former senior intelligence officer Florian Coldea and then attorney general Laura Codruta Kovesi were also in attendance.

 

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