On Monday evening, Supreme Court magistrates ruled to acquit Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu in the case in which the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) accused him of perjury. The Supreme Court thus upheld the ruling issued in the court of first instance in May 2018. The ruling is final. There was one separate opinion, in favour of a retrial.
During the February 25 court hearing, the court admitted a written piece of evidence requested by the DNA and rejected the testimonial evidence that anti-corruption prosecutors had asked for, namely hearing certain witnesses again, including Serban Mihailescu, Dan Andronic, and Victor Ponta. The court then set March 25 as the next court hearing date. On March 25, the ruling was postponed for April 8. On April 8, the ruling was postponed again, for April 22.
The trial in which Calin Popescu Tariceanu was accused of perjury and aiding and abetting initially started on 14 March 2017, at the High Court of Cassation and Justice.
DNA Brasov prosecutors had sent the dossier to court on 6 July 2016. In it, they accused Calin Popescu Tariceanu of lying in the statements he gave as witness in a case concerning the restitution of the Baneasa Farm and of a part of the Snagov Forest. Prince Paul, Remus Truica, Tal Silberstein and Dan Andronice are defendants in that case.
Tariceanu: The ruling can only gladden me, but my joy is partial
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday evening, after the Supreme Court acquitted him in the perjury case, that the decision can only gladden him, but his joy is only partial. He added that he was subjected to huge public pressure.
“Of course, such a decision can only gladden me, but my joy is partial, because indeed, after the avatars I went through starting in 2015, having been taken to the prosecutor’s office, taken to court, having huge public pressure put on me, which affected all those around me, this whole ordeal has ended today. My joy is overshadowed by the fact that I know very many other people who were or are in the same situation and their trials are not over yet,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Antena3.
He gave as an example Dan Radu Rusanu, “who saw his whole professional and political career ruined.”
“I can’t help but think how many injustices have happened, how many abuses have taken place, the tragedy that has fallen over Romania, because all these things have contributed, to an important extent, to a depreciation in the way our country is perceived and among Romanians,” Tariceanu added.
ALDE: Decision shows there are judges who act independently and resist existing pressures
ALDE claims that the Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Calin Popescu Tariceanu in the perjury case shows that there are still judges who act independently and who resist the existing pressures. ALDE also asks who is held accountable for the fact that the party’s leader has been denigrated.
“The ruling in the case concerning ALDE President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu shows there are judges who act independently and resist the existing pressures,” reads a Facebook posting made by the party led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
According to the source, judges have confirmed Calin Popescu-Tariceanu’s innocence.
“Who will be held accountable for the 4 years in which Calin Popescu-Tariceanu was denigrated, his image was affected, his family had to bear the scorn of a part of society, only because he was unfairly labelled as “lawbreaker”? Regardless of the future pressures, of the continuous threats against Calin Popescu-Tariceanu or ALDE, we assure the Romanians who trust us that we will continue to militate for the rights and freedoms of the citizens, for eliminating abuses from the Romanian judiciary,” ALDE’s posting reads.
Elena Udrea: I’m happy for Tariceanu’s acquittal, but his outrage at judiciary abuses is hypocritical
Former Tourism and Regional Development Minister Elena Udrea has stated, in a Facebook posting, that she is happy that Calin Popescu Tariceanu has been acquitted but she considers that his outrage at the abuses of the judicial system is “hypocritical” because he praised Tudorel Toader even though the latter has not issued the reparatory ordinance that would have allowed those convicted by illegal panels of judges to file appeals against enforcement even though the deadline to do so had expired.
“I’m happy for Mr Tariceanu, for being acquitted in an unfair trial, one of the many trials that the deep state has used against its political opponents, or businessmen, or opinionmakers, or journalists, or media owners etc. Fortunately, he had the chance of having his case tried by a Panel consisting of some of the most upright judges from the ICCJ, who are not controlled by the SRI. I didn’t have this chance, for example. I won’t name names, because I don’t want to endanger them. But I can’t help but notice that Mr Tariceanu’s outrage, expressed in his statements on television, at the abuses committed by the deep state, is hypocritical, since his discourse, otherwise very much based on arguments, correct and coherent, has had no result during the years in which he kept telling us how much he fights for rights and freedoms,” Elena Udrea wrote.
She gave as an example the fact that Tariceanu did not ask ALDE Minister Tudorel Toader to do an elementary thing: to render justice for those convicted by the five-judge panels that the Constitutional Court has deemed illegal, for those whose deadlines for filing appeals against enforcement had expired, and “who are still in prison and are looking with hope toward Mr Tariceanu, holder of the second-highest office in the state, who has talked for months about the reparatory ordinance that has no longer come.”
She claims that Tariceanu has defended Toader and has said that he considers that Toader has done a lot to consolidate the rule of law.
“In conclusion: a lot of talk, little action… it’s an elections year, after all,” Elena Udrea concluded.