JUSTICE

Tudorel Toader on a visit to Belgrade, to discuss the Sebastian Ghita case with his counterpart

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader will visit Serbia on Monday, where he will meet his counterpart, one of the topics that the two will tackle set to concern Sebastian Ghita. ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily informs that Sebastian Ghita will be present at the Serbian Justice Ministry headquarters at the same time with Toader.

“Next week, next Monday, at 10 a.m., I’ll have a meeting with the Serbian Justice Minister. Obviously, we will discuss the judicial instruments of cooperation between the two states, but this topic will inevitably be tackled too. On the same day, at 11.30 a.m., I’ll have an official meeting with the President of the Constitutional Court of Serbia. Just like in Romania, we cannot take any measure, we can undertake no overture liable to overlap, to affect the activity of the independent judge, of the Serbian judge. What we can do, and what I believe we have done, is to promptly answer all the requests they made,” Tudorel Toader stated on Tuesday.

Toader pointed out that neither the Romanian Justice Minister nor the courts can generate measures to accelerate the solving of a case handled by a Serbian court.

“The Minister remains and must remain on the administrative side of the activity of serving Justice, even more so since we are talking about a convict who is present in a country with which we have instruments of penal juridical cooperation. The dossier is on the dockets of the competent Serbian court. Last week, the [Serbian] court asked for supplementary information on the nature of the content of the crimes he is accused and convicted of, regarding the manner they were carried out and their legal classification. The judges asked for factual supplementary clarifications regarding the criminal activity, clarifications that they would have and decide [on] the moment they enter the stage of deliberations and decision in the said case,” the Justice Minister added.

‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily, a publication that published a multi-part interview with Sebastian Ghita, cites sources which announce that the ex-lawmaker will be present at the Serbian Justice Ministry headquarters at the same time Tudorel Toader will be there, in order to lodge a memo asking for the suspension of the extradition procedures. The reason: the request is allegedly based on evidence that DNA Ploiesti prosecutors falsified.

In fact, Sebastian Ghita has repeatedly accused DNA Ploiesti prosecutors of fabricating the evidence against him and of making up denunciations.

Sebastian Ghita was released on parole in Serbia last May, after posting a bond of EUR 200,000. However, he is not allowed to leave Belgrade.

The ex-lawmaker was caught in Belgrade on April 13 last year. He was detained at 11.45 p.m., on a street in Belgrade, alongside his brother. When police officers asked for his ID, Ghita presented a Slovenian ID and driver’s licence, while his brother presented his real ID.

The former lawmaker was last seen in Romania on the night of December 19 to December 20, 2016, when leaving an event organised by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). He attended that event in his capacity as member of Parliament’s Intelligence Committee. That night, the police officers that prosecutors had assigned to keep him under surveillance lost track of him. According to some sources, Ghita drove at a speed of more than 200 km/h on National Road 1, and the police officers tailing him were at one point blocked by another vehicle.

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