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ICCJ President Cristina Tarcea notifies Prosecutor General’s Office about Nicolae Popa’s signature on protocol with SRI

Supreme Court President Cristina Tarcea has notified the Prosecutor General’s Office, asking it to verify whether the recently declassified protocol between the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), the Prosecutor General’s Office (PG) and the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) was concluded through acts of forgery, Mediafax informs.

ICCJ President Cristina Tarcea’s overture comes after former ICCJ President Nicolae Popa stated on Monday that he did not sign the protocol concluded by the SRI, PG and ICCJ, having retired before the date on which the document was signed.

Referring to the controversies surrounding the presence of ex-ICCJ President Nicolae Popa’s signature on the SRI-PG-ICCJ protocol, Cristina Tarcea stated on Tuesday that she suggested that he notify the prosecutor’s office, pointing out that she will do so if he does not.

“We studied the documents together, we looked at them, he looked carefully at the protocol and, based on what he told me, he claims that the signature is not his; he does not dispute it, but he doesn’t remember that moment and whether he signed it. I believe he didn’t sign it and probably some manoeuvres may have been used to apply his signature on the protocol. We’ll see. I confess, I suggested that, if that’s the case, maybe he should notify the prosecutor’s office. If he won’t, I will. To shed light. It’s simple. An expert’s report can immediately point out whether it is the signature of the person concerned,” Cristina Tarcea stated on Tuesday at the Supreme Court headquarters.

Former Supreme Court President Nicolae Popa has lodged a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office in what regards the signature that appears on the protocol concluded by the ICCJ, PG and SRI, claiming that it is not his signature.

On Monday evening, Popa stated for Antena3 that he will do everything in his power to find out how it is possible for his signature to be on the document, concluded on 2 September 2009, considering that the day before he had lodged his retirement request with the CSM and had left the ICCJ for good.

He claimed he never took part in any discussion on concluding such a protocol, that he does not know anything about the document and he did not sign it.

“I have seen this protocol only via the press. On 1 September 2009, the day I reached retirement age – 70 years of age –, I lodged the request to leave the ICCJ, and the document appears to be signed by me on 2 September 2009. Tomorrow I will meet the ICCJ President, whom I asked to prepare a copy for me to see. It will be the first time I see it. Had I signed it, I should have known, it would have meant I knew it, I discussed it. On 1 September 2009, I drove from the Court to the CSM and presented my retirement request. I still had one year of mandate left, but that’s what I decided to do, retire at 70 and vacate my office, and that’s what I did. From that moment on, I handed over my work phone, I picked up my personal documents, and, in my dossier, I proposed that Ms Vice President Lidia Barbulescu should take my place at the helm,” Nicolae Popa stated.


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