The Standing Bureaus of the Deputies’ Chamber and Senate announced on Thursday that setting up the Inquiry Committee on the Protection and Guard Service (SPP) will be decided in the Tuesday’s joint plenary session.
According to the draft law setting up the Committee, it will be led by a PSD member, a PNL Vice Chair and an ALDE Secretary. “The Parliamentary Inquiry Committee of the Senate and Deputies’ Chamber for checking the activity of the Protection and Guard Service’s Director, Mr. Pahontu Lucian-Silvan ad the manner in which he might have involved the institution in activities exceeding the legal framework of functioning is set up”, reads the decision that will be subject of voting.
This Committee’s objectives are: to identify the procedures established for the compliance with the orders in the unit, the military regulations and the way of communicating the job duties; to establish if the SPP Director was involved or not in influencing political decisions or at political level; to check possible ways of involving SPP in activities exceeding the legal framework of functioning by the Director of the institution, Mr. Pahontu Lucian-Silvan; to check the activity reports of the SPP Director issued in the last five years; to identify the protocols concluded with other institutions, the rules established for the relationship with them and to check the compliance with the legal framework of the actions provided for these collaborations; to check the way and criteria of appointing the dignitaries’ protection officers; to identify the number of video and audio surveillance warrants requested under art.14, lett. d of the Law no.191/1998, and to check the compliance with the legal framework.
Other objectives are to identify the number of warrants actually obtained from the prosecutor; to establish the number of finding documents issued under the Law no.191 that were used as evidence in cases which were subject to criminal prosecution or submitted to the court; to check the procedure of its own activity of protecting the state secrecy and preventing the leak of data or information; the existence of the checks made by the Court of Auditors or other institutions in the last five years, related to public procurements and to the operative fund; to check the way of managing the information mentioned in the reports of the dignitaries’ protection officers that do not fit to the obligations provided for the issuance of the reports according the Law no.191.
The committee investigating the SPP activity will consist of seven PSD members, three PNL members, one USR member, one UDMR member, one ALDE member, one PMP member and one member representing the national minorities. Also, the Chairman of the Committee will be a PSD member, the Vice Chairman will be a PNL member, while the Secretary will be an ALDE member.
PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea claimed that the SPP head Lucian Pahontu sent Paul Stanescu the message that he will be “executed”, “at some point, in March”.
Liviu Dragnea stated that there was a tension between the Mihai Tudose Government and PSD, and even the coalition, which couldn’t bring anything good. Dragnea said that, in institutional terms, any Prime Minister has to have contacts with SRI, SIE and SPP, but the SPP head was involved into the Government more than needed. “I saw Mihai Tudose’s evolution after he wasn’t a PM anymore, I even thanked to him today, he became the same open and playful colleague. Maybe the tension from there, maybe the influences. We cannot know right now, but it doesn’t mean we won’t find out in the end. Several colleagues told me that the SPP head was involved more than needed. He told Mr. Paul Stanescu that I will be executed at some point, in March, and he can become the head of the party. Maybe Grindeanu and Tudose were told this too, I don’t know” the PSD leader stated.
Later, he also launched new attacks against the head of the Protection and Guard Service Lucian Pahontu, saying that he had a very harmful habit – he was using his employees to collect information, and then he was sending certain messages to prosecution offices or to courts.
Opposition criticizes the establishment of the Inquiry Committee on SPP: The Committee wants to investigate hunting stories from the Belina Lake
USR Senator Vlad Alexandrescu announced on Thursday, after the decision of the joint Standing Bureaus to convene the plenary session of the two Chambers to vote on the setting up of the Inquiry Committee on the SPP activity, that this initiative is “a question of image, made at the discretion of Mr. Tariceanu and Mr. Dragnea”. PNL MP Ben-Oni Ardelean also claimed that setting up the committee aims to investigate “gossips that are hunting stories from the Belina Lake”.
“After PSD-ALDE created the famous Iordache Committee to slaughter Justice, they create another committee, this time a pure question of image, to check General Pahontu. Instead, they refuse a special committee proposed by USR, in order to try to change, to harmonize and to improve the voting system in this country” Vlad Alexandrescu stated.
Alexandrescu also said that this committee is strictly a matter of image.
“This committee is a matter of image, it simply is a question of décor, made at the sole discretion of Mr. Tariceanu and Mr. Dragnea” he added.
PNL MP Be-Oni Ardelean also claimed that setting up this committee aims to investigate “gossips that are hunting stories from the Belina Lake”.
“Again, PSD comes with market gossips and tries to accredit or legitimate them in the higher bodies of the state, namely it comes with this alleged rumor that somebody told that someone has to go because he is arrested. (…) Thus, the agenda of the day included the establishment of the inquiry committee on these gossips that are hunting stories from the Belina Lake. At this moment, we believe this committee is useless. We do want to find out the truth. We stated from the beginning that we want to find out the truth and not to conceal anything or to hide things under the carpet, things that public opinion should know, being likely to lead to the erosion of the state or of the state institutions (…)” the liberal stated.