Calin Popescu Tariceanu states that both he, as Senate Speaker, and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) will make use of all constitutional means at their disposal for Romania to become once more a rule of law state, including through the adoption, during this parliamentary session, of the draft judiciary laws, “in order to accelerate the dismantlement of the deep state, so that the atrocities committed by the individuals who made up the deep state would not be repeated and so that all those who take part in the carrying out of the act of Justice would be held accountable when they commit abuses.” He launched new accusations against President Iohannis but also attacked the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), the President of the Supreme Magistracy Council (CSM), and Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, claiming that “they became the partisans of the New Securitate of the Coldea-Maior brand, of the deep state and of usurping the legitimate political power in the elections.”
“I want to emphasise that we are not interested in persons or the names of those who want the maintaining of the intolerable general situation created by the “deep state” and of the Justice’s dependence on an illegitimate group whose composition has become notorious following the revelations made within the competent parliamentary committees. We are interested in amending the Justice laws in order to accelerate the dismantlement of the “deep state,” so that the atrocities committed by individuals who made up the “deep state” would not be repeated and so that all those who take part in the carrying out of the act of Justice would be held accountable when they commit abuses,” Tariceanu points out in a communique released on Sunday.
The Senate Speaker states that the proposals made by the parliamentary committee on the amending of the judiciary laws generate a type of war usually seen in dictatorial regimes such as “the republic of prosecutors.”
“On one hand there are the forces that militate for the rule of law and the observance of human rights. On the other there are individuals for whom maintaining control over Justice is vital, and the disappearance of the “deep state” is equivalent with their own disappearance from public life with the consequence of the obligation of being held accountable in court for the illegalities committed. We note with regret that individuals who make up and fight for the survival of the “deep state,” under the pretext of the fight against corruption, hold important levers of some institutions of strength and of the media and are in command of a veritable army of well-trained mercenaries paid from the financial proceeds of corruption and of various illegalities,” Tariceanu claims.
He also claims that all of this is taking place “under the patronage of the Romanian President,” who pursues two personal objectives: obtaining a new term in office and the expiration under the statute of limitations of the illegalities committed by him while he was mayor of Sibiu: “Since after three years in office his achievements are somewhere close to nil, his only chance for a new term is the perpetuation of Justice’s dependence on “his deep state,” in other words ruling Romania with handcuffs, fabricated dossiers and elections rigged through sophisticated methods.”
Tariceanu also commented on the recent statements made by Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and the Presidents of the ICCJ and CSM, who asked for the judiciary laws to be sent back to the Justice Ministry. He claimed that their political interventions are void, incompatible with the statute of the magistrate and that they “took upon themselves unconstitutional prerogatives by interfering in Parliament’s activity.”
“I nevertheless ask rhetorically: what kind of Law people are the aforementioned ones, if they became the partisans of the New Securitate of the Coldea-Maior brand, of the “deep state” and of usurping legitimate political power in elections? Are they people of Law, when they continue to explicitly or implicitly militate for dossiers fabricated by the mixed Coldea-Kovesi teams in which some of the judges have also been co-opted? Or when they act complicit to the compromising of some unwanted politicians through the leaking of DNA information to the press and the forgery of some evidence? Can they still have the capacity of magistrates, when they directly or indirectly encourage the activity of clandestine working groups, a veritable mafia, in which politicians, prosecutors, high-level SRI officials, judges and mercenaries from the so-called press were taking part? Or when they contribute to the elimination of candidates from electoral competitions with the help of handcuffs and propaganda with false dossiers, and especially when they are accomplices to the destruction of the lives and careers of some who are unjustly convicted?” Tariceanu added.
He also states that “Parliament – not the members of the deep state who usurped political power in many moments – was democratically elected by the citizens in order to exercise its constitutional prerogative to legislate.” He claims that both he, as Senate Speaker, and ALDE will use all constitutional means at their disposal for Romania to become once again a rule of law state, including through the adoption of the draft judiciary laws during this parliamentary session.