National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban was at the DIICOT head offices on Tuesday to give a statement about the complaint he filed against Premier Viorica Dancila and PSD leader Liviu Dragnea. He pointed out he was there at the invitation of the prosecutor handling the case and mentioned that his complaint does not concern the substance of the decision, namely the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but the way the decision was taken.
“I was subpoenaed by the DIICOT prosecutor who started the criminal probe in rem in order to investigate the actions and, obviously, I will relay all information I know concerning the said topic. My notification concerns the potential perpetration of four possible offences: usurpation of office, the divulging of classified information, presenting – in bad faith – to the Romanian President inaccurate information when actions that affect the interests of the state are committed, and – the fourth offence – high treason,” Ludovic Orban stated on Tuesday on his arrival at the DIICOT head offices.
He pointed out he will put at the disposal of the prosecutor all the information he knows “from the media, from open sources, with the prosecutor set to carry out the investigation.”
“My notification does not concern the substance of the decision but the way this decision was taken. The way Liviu Dragnea and Vasilica Viorica Dancila acted, infringing upon stipulations of the Constitution and stipulations of the laws in force,” Orban added.
He claimed he has “nothing against the State of Israel,” believing that relations between the two states will not be harmed by his complaint.
On May 17, Ludovic Orban lodged with the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) a complaint against Premier Viorica Dancila and PSD leader Liviu Dragnea.
The PNL leader accuses Dancila of “high treason, usurpation of office, the divulging of non-public information, and presenting – in bad faith – to the Romanian President inaccurate information meant to hide the perpetration of acts liable to harm the interests of the state,” over the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Ludovic Orban accuses Viorica Dancila of publicly revealing confidential information and of presenting to the Romanian President false information concerning the memorandum that the Government adopted on the relocation of the Romanian embassy to Israel.
The case was declined toward DIICOT and on June 7 the institution announced that it started a criminal probe in rem for high treason, following the complaint that PNL leader Ludovic Orban filed against Premier Viorica Dancila.
Orban on leaving the DIICOT HQ: I can’s sit idle when a toxic clan makes a mockery
On leaving the DIICOT head offices where he was heard for well over an hour on Tuesday morning, Ludovic Orban emphasised that he cannot offer details, but pointed out that the complaint he filed against Premier Dancila shows he cannot sit idle when a “toxic clan” mocks the country.
“I gave a statement, I answered all the questions I was able to answer. It would be absurd to say what they asked me, what I answered. (…) We won’t go into details. I didn’t propose a list of witnesses. What interests me is for the actions in which [sic] the events unfolded and the decisions to be investigated. (…) I gave an answer as clear as possible… when a toxic clan mocks Romania and affects Romania’s fundamental interests I can’t sit idle and pretend I don’t see when Romania’s interests are affected for the personal interests of one political leader or another,” Ludovic Orban stated.