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October 1, 2020

Parliament adopts the report of the Inquiry Committee of the 2009 Elections. Opposition claimed it was a “revenge”, while the ruling parties claimed that law was breached

The decision on the report of the Inquiry Committee of the 2009 Elections was adopted on Monday by the joint plenum of the Parliament, with 205 pros, 94 cons and 24 abstentions. During the debates, opposition claimed it was a “revenge”, while the ruling parties claimed that the law was breached.

The decision, accompanied by the report, will be sent to the Prosecution Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), to the Presidential Administration, to the Superior Council of Magistracy and to the Government.

The committee was established as a result of the accusations made by journalist Dan Andronic, according to which in the second round of voting of the 2009 presidential elections, the Chief-Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi and the former head of SRI George Maior, who currently is the Romanian Ambassador in Washington, would have been in Gabriel Oprea’s living room.

The head of DNA Laura Codruta Kovesi was asked to come in front of the committee several times, but she refused the invitation each time.

A legislative proposal made by the Chairman of the Inquiry Committee, PSD MP Oana Florea, provides that the refusal of a person to come to hearings in a parliamentary inquiry committee is considered an offense and is punished with eight days to three months in prison or with criminal fine of RON 10,000 and the ban to hold any public position for three years.

Former President Traian Basescu said on September 9, 2017, that the members of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee of the 2009 Presidential Elections are “ridiculous”, claiming that PDL had only one person in the polling stations, while six parties that were against his candidacy also had their representatives, and he wonders how that single man could steal the ballot papers from the committee. This was Basescu’s first reaction after the preliminary report of the Parliamentary Committee, according to which he and Emil Boc would have favored election fraud. “I think they are so ridiculous with these conclusions that they don’t deserve my reaction” the former President stated at that time. He said that he knows very well that the elections weren’t defrauded in his favor. “I know very well that they weren’t defrauded in my favor, and this is proven by the fact that while we, PDL, had only one man in the polling stations, they had representatives of six parties, all of them against my candidacy, Geoana’s supporters. How that man could steal the ballot papers?” Traian Basescu stated.

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