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Victor Ponta files self-denunciation out of hatred for Dragnea

At the end of last week, ex-Premier Victor Ponta made several explosive statements about Liviu Dragnea’s relationship with the DNA.

The ex-Premier claims that prosecutors were preparing a flagrant against the current PSD President, Evenimentul Zilei informs. “In that dossier in which Vali Preda was sentenced to six years and the DNA officer to eight years, the DNA documents were meant for Liviu Dragnea. They were supposed to catch him in flagrante delicto in the MDRAP [Regional Development Ministry] office. He wasn’t there when the flagrant was cancelled so to speak. Because we went straight to K2. Dudes, you want to prepare a flagrant against Liviu? I said that can’t be, he’s the Deputy Premier. Logically, the photographed TelDrum files were for him. You think the poor Vali Preda, who brought some documents from TelDrum, from the DNA, to the [Regional] Development Ministry, where Dragnea was minister, he brought them for himself?” Ponta said.

The ex-Premier’s statement, albeit fizzy, is of absolute gravity. He basically admits that a prosecutors’ investigation was revealed and influenced, that during his meetings with the heads of the Romanian Intelligence Service there was talk of the criminal dossiers of politicians, but also that he potentially committed influence peddling when he told his interlocutors that they cannot set up a flagrant against a Deputy Premier. Valentin Preda, the person mentioned by the ex-Premier, was detained in early February 2013, at the Transport Ministry, where he worked as secretary of state, for alleged corruption. Last year he was sentenced to six years in prison for divulging secrets that jeopardised national security. The sentence is not final.

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