Former President Traian Basescu was heard on Monday at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) in the case on the restitution of several houses in downtown Bucharest in 2003, when he was General Mayor. Traian Basescu’s lawyer said there is “no fear” in this case because his client never breached the law.
Basescu left the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) Prosecutor’s Office after being heard for about one hour in the case on the restitution of several homes in downtown Bucharest in 2003, when he was General Mayor. Traian Basescu’s lawyer said there is “no fear” in this case, because his client never breached the law.
Taian Basescu didn’t want to say what statements he made in front of the prosecutors, or to mention in which case he was heard, or if he was indicted.
Asked if he knows the American citizen Nicholas Jordan, the one to whom 66 houses in Bucharest were restituted in 2003, Basescu stated he doesn’t know who this person is.
Also being asked how it was possible to restitute 66 houses in a single day, Basescu answered: “under the law”.
Former President’s lawyer said that no criminal file was opened in his client’s case, because he didn’t breach the law.
“There is no fear, from any point of view. No criminal file was opened on his name, because there is a simple truth: he never breached the law” added the lawyer.
The former President arrived at the Prosecutor’s office attached to the Supreme Court around 10.50, stating that all the restitutions since he was the Bucharest Mayor were made “under the law”.
“There is no illegal document signed by me, which is illegal”, Basescu added before entering the PICCJ headquarters.
Judicial sources stated for News.ro that Traian Basescu was summoned in order to be heard as a witness in a case related to the restitution of 66 real estates in 2003, when he was the Bucharest Mayor. The buildings are placed on the Serban Voda Street, in Bucharest, and they have been restituted to a Romanian and American citizen who pretended that he is the heir of the owner.
The tenants who were sitting there since years made complaints, claiming that the person to whom the estates have been restituted is not the former owner’s heir.
The case was reopened after Traian Basescu ended his term as President.
In a different case, prosecutors of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Bucharest Court asked to the court to reopen the prosecution on Traian Basescu’s name, because when he was the Bucharest Mayor, in 2003, he restituted a land with an area of 40,000 square meters, located in Damaroaia, on which the former MP Dumitru Puzdrea built the Flora shopping center. The Supreme Court will decide if the case will be reopened or not.
Former President Traian Basescu was summoned also on May 24, 2016 by the Bucharest Court, in the same case, opened due to a complaint for abuse of office, submitted by the Vice President of the Union of Arabs in Romania, Catalin Nastase, Dumitru Puzdrea’s former business partner.
According to Catalin Nastase’s complaint, Traian Basescu committed the offense of abuse of office when he gave his positive opinion for the restitution of the land located in Damaroaia, in the 1st District of Bucharest, causing a damage of approx. EUR 100 million.