Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday, at the Palace of Parliament, that he asked Brazil’s federal authorities to investigate the way information concerning his private life was obtained, against the backdrop of a Rise Project journalistic investigation. The Social Democrats’ leader pointed out he has no businesses in Brazil, he never laundered money in any country and is not on the international list of most-wanted persons.
“I notified the Brazilian federal authorities, through the Brazilian embassy here, in regard to what was published on a certain website, because I didn’t react until now, in recent months, but very many laws have already been broken and the fact that to a Romanian tourist… I didn’t wire money to Brazil, I have no businesses in Brazil, I didn’t launder money in Brazil or any other country, nor in Romania, and the fact that some strictly personal data was put at the disposal of some so-called journalists or private investigators, thus breaking some laws… I believe I should receive some explanations. Let’s see whether the personal data was officially offered by a federal institution in Brazil or was obtained through illegal means,” Liviu Dragnea said.
The Lower Chamber Speaker added he is not the target of any investigation in Brazil.
“There is no such thing (an investigation in Brazil – editor’s note). As far as I recall, I’m not internationally wanted either, there’s no international arrest warrant for me, I’m not wanted by the Interpol, and I don’t agree with a so-called investigator – for some investigations on which a lot of money is spent – telling lies,” the PSD leader concluded.
Rise Project journalists had published several articles in which they claimed Liviu Dragnea owns businesses in Brazil and often pays visits to that country, alongside various businessmen and PSD leaders. In the most recent article of this kind, Rise Project claimed that Dragnea paid 16 visits to Brazil, accompanied by his secretary too, and that there are money laundering suspicions.
On March 1, the PSD President stated he owns no businesses or properties in Brazil, this being “a legend” that has been in circulation for many years. He added that if anyone discovers he owns property in Brazil he “promises” he would donate that property to the person making the discovery.