JUSTICE POLITICS

Deputy PM Stanescu says he is to tender his resignation if prosecuted by DNA

Deputy Prime Minister Paul Stanescu stated again on Thursday at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) that he will tender his resignation if prosecuted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

Paul Stanescu went on Thursday to the supreme Court, in a case where the DNA requests the confirmation to reopen the criminal prosecution in a case targeting the Deputy PM.

“As you have learned, the ruling will be on the 26. We are looking forward, hoping that the law will be enforced. Everybody will be fair and I think that’s how it will be (…). I said it in front of the court. All my life I’ve observed the law and I haven’t taken a dime from anyone. (…) I am convinced that the formation of the Court will appreciate what has been said there and I believe that everybody will be fair (…). I maintain the statement that I’ve made: if prosecuted, I will resign from Romania’s Government,” Stanescu stated at the end of the trial.

Moreover, Stanescu was asked what are his expectations from Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who is to announce on Thursday the decision regarding the case of chief of the DNA Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“I [expect] from the Justice Minister the same thing that Chairman of the party Liviu Dragnea said, not to make a fool of himself,” Stanescu reply.

Also, Stanescu’s lawyer stated that the DNA didn’t invoke any new wrongdoing and no argument within the trial that would allow the reopening of the criminal prosecution.

The DNA request was registered on 17 January 2018 and, alongside Stanescu, Marian Belu Briceag, Florin Cotosman and Remus Manaolache are also subpoenaed in the case.

According to some judicial sources, the case started from a notification of the Court of Accounts and examines an embazzlement from the Olt County Council in respect to funding a soccer team.

Paul Stanescu was the President of the Olt County Council between June 2008 – June 2016.

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