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January 23, 2022

Treaty on assistance in penal matters with Brazil, adopted by Lower House. Liviu Dragnea, the target of sarcasm

On Wednesday, House lawmakers adopted the bill ratifying the Romania-Brazil Treaty on mutual judicial assistance in penal matters, the USR stating that its adoption will “do good” to Liviu Dragnea too, who “will be able to prove, or not,” his innocence before Brazilian authorities.

“USR will vote for this law, even if it will affect the transactions of oranges from Romania toward Brazil. In Brazil the term ‘orange’ designates the middlemen in the crime of money laundering. (…) This treaty comes to supplement the extradition treaty signed in 2003 and ratified by Romania in 2004. From that moment on, the tourism option of many Romanians, some of them ex-lawmakers, changed somehow. Brazil was avoided and, lately, countries such as Costa Rica, Serbia, Madagascar have been preferred. It’s an awaited bill, a very good bill, the bad part is that the initiative belonged to the Brazilian side, it took nine years (…) until Romania decided to sign this treaty. Only the Ciolos Government took this step, after which another year passed, and then, two weeks before resigning, Mr Grindeanu ordered the signing of this treaty of ratification,” USR House lawmaker Ion Stelian stated, Mediafax informs.

Ion Stelian stated that the signing of this treaty “does good” even to “the most beloved son of the people, the House Speaker,” because it will facilitate his chance to prove his innocence before Brazilian authorities.

The PNL group also announced it will vote in favour of the bill ratifying the treaty with Brazil.

Marton Arpad took to the rostrum and criticised USR’s approach.

“My colleague from the USR has had a political speech as if we were standing before a revolution in penal matters (…) thanks to the Ciolos Government. This law ratifies a treaty (…) like dozens of other treaties we have with other countries. Nothing out of the ordinary. Obviously, we will vote for it,” UDMR House lawmaker Marton Arpad said.

The treaty stipulates the forwarding of procedural documents, with subpoenas having to be transmitted at least 40 days before the established hearing date; the localising or identifying of persons and objects; the establishing of rogatory commissions, including hearings via videoconference; the temporary transfer of the persons detained; the enforcement of searches, asset freezing and confiscation demands; the transmittal of documents, evidence and objects; the restitution of assets; the spontaneous transmittal of information; the covering of expenses incurred by enforcing a request for assistance, depending on its object, according to the bill.

Romanian and Brazilian judicial authorities will communicate through the Justice Ministries of the two countries, without excluding communication through diplomatic channels.

The bill ratifying the Treaty between Romania and the Federative Republic of Brazil on mutual judicial assistance in penal matters, signed in Brazil, on 13 June 2017, was adopted with 264 votes in favour.

The Senate will have the final say on it.

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