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Tariceanu challenged the interceptions in the Microsoft case to the Court: It is regrettable that through CVM, European Commission pretended it doesn’t see these practices

The Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu submitted to the Supreme Court a complaint by which he challenges the technical surveillance used in the Microsoft case, about which the former SRI officer Daniel Dragomir spoke.

The hearing for this complaint was set on Tuesday at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), but it was postponed until April 3.

The Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday, speaking about the complaint against the technical surveillance in his case, that he submitted this complaint exactly to send the message that such methods must not be allowed, and he accused the European Commission that through the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), “it pretended it doesn’t see these practices”.

“I made a complaint related to the legality of the phone interceptions as far as I am concerned in the Microsoft case. I made this because I believe that the respect for the citizens’ rights is the main key, the arch under which a democratic country is built. The citizens are not the ones who must serve the institutions, but the institutions must serve the citizens. Unfortunately, here, in our country, this practice of listening the phone conversations has become endemic. What happened all these years is a serious thing, which has an unprecedented dimension. They had nothing to do with national security, it was only the sick mind of some people who believe that all citizens must be surveilled” stated the Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Monday.

He reproached to the European Commission that it didn’t intervene when it identified abuses.

“They were carried out based on the national security warrants, but they didn’t have anything to do with the national security. I engaged in this battle, and I chose my case as a sort of a case by which I wish to demonstrate that I don’t have a political speech, but I make a legal step exactly to prove the abuses in the judiciary. It is regrettable that the European Commission, through CVM, pretended it doesn’t see these practices. Here are the disclosures made recently. I salute the stand of the press that had the courage to reveal these serious abuses, the manner in which the system, or as I call it, the parallel state, has functioned” Tariceanu added.

Former SRI officer Daniel Dragomir said at the end of the last year that there was a warrant for listening/monitoring 80 people in the state leadership, issued by SRI, and Calin Popescu Tariceanu was the target, in a case opened in 2013, from which the Microsoft case was severed later.

The warrant was issued for the period July 4, 2014-November 6, 2014, and it ended 4 days after the first round of the presidential elections of 2014.

The former SRI officer claims that the warrant was given in a case opened in 2013, based on a complaint of the Ponta Government, and is related to deeds from 2000.

The Microsoft case was severed later from this case, according to Dragomir.


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