Interior Minister Marcel Vela announced on Thursday that a report on the August 10 riot police intervention in a street protest in Bucharest was declassified and sent to the Department for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) to be used in a probe that started as a result of complaints filed by people involved.
Vela said that Thursday morning the last opinion was received from one of the institutions involved in this report, and a Ministry of Interior board decided to declassify the document.
“We have submitted the declassified report to DIICOT – where there is a criminal file comprising all the notifications regarding the events of August 10 – it can be used in the criminal probe,” said Vela, who added that because it is an ongoing investigation, he cannot provide details of the case, but the data are available to DIICOT.
PSD’s Fifor: Report regarding August 10, 2018 protest, declassified since January 31, 2019
Secretary general of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mihai Fifor, stated that the report regarding the intervention of the law enforcement structures at the August 10, 2018 protest was declassified since January 31, 2019, and the document is still “not public” for citizens.
“The report of the August 10, 2018 protest that was ‘declassified’ today by Minister Marcel Vela was declassified ever since January 31, 2019, and the MAI [Internal Affairs Ministry] established that 90 pct of this document did not have a secret character. The rest of 10 pct depended exclusively on other institutions. So, today, Minister Vela didn’t declassify anything. The other institutions only gave notice for the rest of the 10 pct. The legitimate question is why those other institutions decided to do this exactly now, between the two rounds of the (presidential, ed. n.) elections,” wrote Fifor, on Thursday, on Facebook.
He stated that the report is still “not public” for citizens.
“For citizens, the report is just as it was until now: not public. And the PNL [National Liberal Party] knew beforehand that the DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism, ed. n.) cannot make it public because it is ‘evidence’ in the current criminal investigation. Thus, what we saw today was just a masquerade! A big electoral hoax, the only purpose of which was to bring back to the collective memory an emotion, that would cover up Iohannis running away from a debate in which he’d have to account for the non-performance of his mandate!” Mihai Fifor added.