The National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS) has decided to reverify Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar after he was publicly accused of allegedly refusing to release an anti-communist dissident from prison.
“Considering the public information regarding Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, the CNSAS College has decided today, 04.04.2019, to reverify him starting from the new elements debated in the media,” reads a CNSAS press release remitted to MEDIAFAX.
At the same time, the CNSAS College points out that the views expressed by Madalin Hodor, civil servant within the Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives, do not represent the Council’s point of view. Madalin Hodor had stated that the claim that Augustin Lazar was “a torturer” is false, the torturer being Lieutenant-Colonel Lazar Gheorghe. Hodor also published the CNSAS decision on this issue. “Madalin Hodor does not have the mandate to represent the CNSAS College,” the press release shows.
Lazar: I have certain emotivity, certain agitation generated by these events
Referring to the accusations according to which he refused to release from prison a dissident during the communist period, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated on Wednesday evening, for RealitateaTV, that he has “certain emotivity, certain agitation generated by these events,” and expressed his regret for the dissident’s drama.
“Please excuse the fact that I have certain emotivity, certain agitation generated by these events, because I have never seen this in 37 years of judiciary activity. I was taught to think on my own, to be influenced by nobody, and I am very much bothered when others do not allow me to carry out my official prerogatives properly. And, for that reason, I believe magistrates must have a responsible attitude and publicly state what is right and what is not right,” Augustin Lazar stated for RealitateaTV.
He said that this scandal was generated because there are persons interested in making a drama, persons engaged in ongoing judiciary procedures, persons who would like to take this opportunity to obtain favourable situations and influence his candidacy for a future term as Prosecutor General.
“Truth will surface, definitely. With more difficulty, but it will. They will publicly apologise – if they have the honour – for what they are doing, for systematically attacking all judicial system institutions, the Public Ministry and the Prosecutor General. They are very interested in someone coming along and bowing before the right persons. The Prosecutor General has inconvenienced too much… He has had too many independent opinions. I was denounced for being part of a crime group, alongside the leaders of the European Union, what could impress me more after that? I know I’m an honest magistrate of the Public Ministry and throughout my professional career I was denounced only by those whom I investigated. Many denounced me for committing various abuses against them, but the verifications carried out pointed out that everything was all right,” he said, realitatea.net informs.
Lazar claims he was never targeted by a disciplinary probe in 37 years of career.
“Only verifications were made, prior verifications, and I never ended up under disciplinary probe, because there were no sound clues pointing to me committing any disciplinary offence. I have always respected the truth, and the honour of public magistrate, and they keep agitating for nought, to pin all sorts of accusations on me; they are ridiculous even more so since they are finding fault with a man who hasn’t even had a warning in 37 years of professional activity,” the Prosecutor General stated.
Referring to the case of anti-communist dissident Iulius Filip, Augustin Lazar said: “It’s rudeness to say that the prosecutor was jailing or releasing someone from the penitentiary, that he was modifying the court sentence mandate that only the judge had access to. Among the 50-60 dossiers, there might have been a Mr Filip too, and the requirements were verified in the same way in the case of all persons, regardless of their conviction. The prosecutor did not have contact with the convict in the penitentiary, and the commission was at the penitentiary’s record office. I express my regret for the drama of this man I have heard about now, whom I did not meet. One can see he suffered while innocent. His sentence had been issued by a military tribunal and he was in Aiud to serve time.”
“I regret the drama of this man, a political dissident who believed in his convictions and was an honourable man; it has been used by interested persons to attack the judiciary, the Public Ministry, the Prosecutor General,” Augustin Lazar.
“It’s known that these documents were known and declassified for years, but were revealed only now when they were needed to satisfy the interests of those with a major interest in judicial procedures and for whom the endorsement of a criminal probe is obtained with difficulty, persons interested in the office of Prosecutor General,” Augustin Lazar stated.
Luju.ro has written that Augustin Lazar “refused, on two occasions, to release Iulius Filip, an anti-communist dissident.” “In the 1980s, after he sent a pamphlet to Nicolae Ceausescu and expressed his support for Poland’s ‘Solidarity’ anti-communist movement, Iulius Filip was investigated and arrested on several occasions. (…) In the end, he was convicted to five years and four months in prison, executory sentence, for ‘propaganda against the socialist order,’” the mentioned source writes. Luju.ro claims that Iulius Filip applied for parole on two occasions, his request being denied by a commission led by then-prosecutor Augustin Lazar.
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar has pointed out that from 1985 to 1986 he was criminal prosecutor at the Alba Iulia Prosecutor’s Office and periodically worked as a member of the Aiud Penitentiary’s parole commission, which was examining the cases of convicts who had served the amount of time required to qualify for parole. He underscored that this commission was not ordering the release of convicts, it was only verifying whether the technical requirements for parole were met.
Historian Madalin Hodor claims that the statement that Augustin Lazar was “a torturer” is false and the person guilty of being a torturer was, in fact, Lieutenant-Colonel Lazar Gheorghe. Hodor has also published the CNSAS decision on this issue.