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March 6, 2021

Liviu Dragnea’s hearing over accusations against SPP, rejected by Senate Defence Cttee. Inquiry cttee in the works

The Senate Defence Committee rejected on Tuesday the possibility of hearing Liviu Dragnea regarding the accusations he levelled against the Protection and Guard Service (SPP) and is set to decide, in a joint meeting with the House Defence Committee, whether to set up a special inquiry committee.

“I’ll read to you from the Constitution of Romania, Article 64(4): ‘Each Chamber sets up standing committees and may set up inquiry committees or other special committees. The Chambers may set up joint committees.’ I propose this topic be discussed in a joint House-Senate meeting,” PSD Senator Nicolae Moga said.

Put up for vote, the Social Democrat’s request was adopted with seven votes in favour and two abstentions.

The Liberals wanted PSD President Liviu Dragnea heard based on Art.15(d) of the regulations of the Senate Defence Committee, over the statements he had made regarding the activity of the Protection and Guard Service.

“We consider that as long as certain suspicions hang over some institutions, it is very important for the one who publicly made such statements – in this case House member Liviu Dragnea – to come before us, to bring evidence, so that his interviews are not simple fishermen’s tales and we would see whether they are substantiated,” PNL Senator Nicoleta Pauliuc said.

PNL’s proposal was rejected in a 5-4 vote.

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