Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Cazanciuc stated on Tuesday that the Standing Bureau has decided to give a ten-day period to parliamentarians who want to consult the dossier on whose basis the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has requested the lifting of Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s immunity.
“We have asked the Standing Bureau to take a decision on the request lodged by three colleagues and Senators, who are not members of the Judiciary Committee, to actually have access to the dossier. And, likewise, we have asked the Standing Bureau to decide whether it will admit this request regarding the period over which the dossier can be studied, so that there wouldn’t be a sine die deadline, meaning we should not discover one month from now that there are other colleagues who want to study the dossier and who wouldn’t be able to do this. The Standing Bureau decided yesterday (Monday – editor’s note) to offer a ten-day period in which any of the members of the Senate who want to see the dossier would be able to do so in the special area set up within the Judiciary Committee, after signing a confidentiality agreement. Basically, we are in non-public procedure. Senators will vote in the plenum on this request to approve the criminal probe, so the people want to know what this is about. It’s natural. But the procedure is not public, and they must observe this confidentiality. Within the committee we will have a procedure for accessing the dossier so that, starting today, over a period of ten days, any member of the Senate who wants to see this dossier can do so in the special area set up within the Judiciary Committee,” Robert Cazanciuc stated at the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting.
Likewise, he pointed out that the members of the Judiciary Committee will resume, two weeks from now, the debates on the DNA’s request for the Senate to lift the immunity of Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu in order to start a criminal probe against him.
“Two weeks from now we will have this request on the order of the day once again. We will discuss this request within the Committee two weeks from now. The talks will definitely be prolonged a bit for the talks on the budget, so we still have plenty of time this year,” Cazanciuc added.
The Committee Chairman stated that he has received a series of notes from Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s lawyer.
“Yesterday, or this morning I believe, I received more notes from Mr Tariceanu’s lawyer, in addition to what he lodged last week; I have distributed this document to each member of the Judiciary Committee. In the following period, they will definitely be considered when we debate the request two weeks from now,” Robert Cazanciuc concluded.
The Senate leadership approved on Monday the Judiciary Committee’s request to extend by ten days the deadline for the drafting of its report.
In this context, Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that the postponement of the vote on the DNA prosecutors’ request to have his immunity lifted is not to his advantage, pointing out that he does not benefit from the effect of prescription.
The DNA has asked the Senate to lift the immunity of Calin Popescu Tariceanu so as to start a criminal probe against him. Prosecutors have announced that the Senate Speaker is accused of receiving almost USD 800,000 from the representatives of an Austrian company, in exchange for concluding several addenda to a commercial contract, the money being used in the elections campaign.