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Senate’s Tariceanu: Microsoft licensing case not the only failure shaking DNA

Senate Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu said on Saturday in Sinaia, in connection with the recently closed Microsoft licensing case, that this is not the only failure of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to shake the agency and mentioned abuses by prosecutors.

“You should know that Microsoft is not the only failure to shake the DNA. It seems to me that what happened in the Microsoft case was very serious because it involved a lot of people, some of whom are my acquaintances, and I can say these are honest people of professional probity and who, I think, have been wrongfully accused. As a matter of fact, for some of them you have seen the conclusions, they are very clear, no evidence has been found against them, however, there has been footdragging in the case and these people have been harmed on a personal, professional and political level. (…) I find it highly serious to have prosecutors who allow themselves to investigate like this under the shelter of impunity,” Tariceanu said citing cases of Prahova County and Oravita prosecutors who have seemingly severely overstepped the limits. “All these abuses as well as the very large number of cases that were sent back to the Prosecutor’s Office cast a serious doubt on the work of this institution,” Tariceanu said told a press conference at the end of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Youth Winter Politics School.

Asked if the DNA head should be removed from office, Tariceanu said he does not have sufficient data on the matter.

“I do not have enough data, other than what I see in the public space. I neither have access to the Judicial Inspection report, nor am I a relevant minister, to be able to perform a more in-depth analysis. (…) The decision does in no way lie with Parliament,” Tariceanu answered, adding that he is not aware of the Justice Minister having made a decision on this issue, but said he trusts Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to make things public when he deems fit, following the assessment performed by the Judicial Inspection at DNA.

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