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April 16, 2021

Inquiry Committee on 2009 elections to request again Prosecutor’s Office copy of documents

The inquiry parliamentary committee for the 2009 presidential elections decided by a vote on Thursday to request one more time the General Prosecutor’s Office for a copy of the case in which the prosecutors have investigated the possibility of rigged elections, the case having been classified.

“We voted today [Thursday] to request the Government’s Secretariat General details regarding the dismissal and appointment of prefects after Minister Nica’s dismissal from office. Another proposal was also voted on, a come back with a request to Mr. Augustin Lazar [Prosecutor General] that he provide us with a copy of the case of the inquiry into the possibility of the 2009 elections having been rigged, given the position of the Superior Council of Magistrates, the decisions of the Constitutional Court granted in this case,” President of the Inquiry Committee Oana Florea (photo) stated at the Palace of Parliament.

She added that the documents in the respective case might very well come into the possession of the committee members as they do not intend to publicise them, but only use them for the conclusions to be included into the final report.

“We do not want to control the activity of the Prosecutor’s Office, nor could we do it. (…) If we have any clues, documents or evidence submitted to our committee regarding the ballot and the vote cast in 2009, data related to whatever happened in Mr Oprea’s living room, we don’t have any,” she said.

Eugen Nicolicea, member of the inquiry committee, argued that the prosecutor’s objections about the case have no legal grounds.

“From the reply given to us by Mr. Augustin Lazar, from the press releases on the institution’s website and from the institution’s Facebook page, I saw his objections, and the committee, through the notice it submitted, dismantled point by point all the objections, which are some innovations of the general prosecutor, very interesting, but without any legal grounds. CSM was in complete agreement with the committee, it confirmed, and it is written in black on white that we did not exceed our attributions through this request,” Nicolicea said.

The members of the committee also decided to solicit again the Minister of Justice “that by virtue of the loyal cooperation between the institutions” to intervene in order to clarify this situation between the Prosecutor’s Office and Parliament.

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