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November 15, 2019
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Orban after acquittal in DNA case in which he was accused of demanding campaign contributions: Tough test. Politicians aren’t the ones who should analyse an institution’s capacity

After the final court ruling that acquitted him in the dossier in which he was accused of demanding campaign contributions, the National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban stated it was a tough test but, notwithstanding that, it is not the politicians’ responsibility to analyse the activity of an institution from the judicial system.

“It was a tough test for me, for my family, friends and colleagues. I did nothing but plead my innocence, claim that I committed no immoral act, I broke no law. From the start of the criminal probe, I stepped down from offices, I withdrew my candidacy for the Bucharest City Hall, and I didn’t run for Parliament. (…) I didn’t attack the DNA, I didn’t go to court accompanied by bodyguards. (…) The judicial system mustn’t be attacked, politicians mustn’t interfere with the activity of the judiciary. As a party, we support the independence of justice, the fight against corruption,” Ludovic Orban stated.

Asked for his current view on the dossier handled by the DNA, which pushed him out of the race for the Bucharest City Hall, Orban pointed out it is not his business to have a say.

“Politicians aren’t the ones who should analyse the activity of a judicial system institution, the institutions stipulated by law must do so. (…) I received satisfaction in this dossier because the prosecutor that handled my dossier has left the DNA. Institutions have the capacity to get rid of bad apples,” Orban added.

He also talked about his political adversaries. “In Romania there is a Constitution that handles self-regulation, I don’t think politicians such as Liviu Dragnea, Tariceanu, Nicolicea must put things in order, that’s how we end up with some trampling on the judiciary,” the PNL leader stated.

 

Adriana Saftoiu: After Orban’s acquittal, it’s exaggerated to ask a politician charged by the DNA to resign

 

PNL House lawmaker Adriana Saftoiu wrote on Facebook that, after the acquittal of National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban, it is “exaggerated to loudly ask that the politician accused by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) should resign,” stating that “not every time the DNA accuses it turns out to be true.”

Adriana Saftoiu reacted on Facebook following Orban’s acquittal. “Now, honestly… after Ludovic Orban’s acquittal I find it a bit exaggerated for us to continue loudly asking that the politician accused by the DNA should resign, should give up any office. Because, here it is, if he gives [it] up he sits [idle] for two years (the fortunate case), great chances that his personal relations, his career would go south. And then he’s acquitted,” PNL House lawmaker Adriana Saftoiu wrote on Facebook.

Adriana Saftoiu stated that “not every time the DNA accuses it turns out to be true” even though some find that hard to believe.

“Consequently, until the final sentence, anyone has the right to be presumed innocent and is left alone. I don’t know who the prosecutor handling the case was, but he didn’t become famous, he wasn’t put under the limelight, the finger wasn’t pointed at him. I’m sorry for all those who find it difficult to accept that not every time the DNA accuses it turns out to be true.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court acquitted PNL President Ludovic Orban, in a final ruling, in the case in which he was accused of asking a businessman for EUR 50,000 for the electoral race for the Bucharest City Hall.

 

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