Former Interior Minister Carmen Dan has stated on Friday, after her hearing at the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) related to the ’10 August’ case that she didn’t talk to Liviu Dragnea on that day about the gendarmes’ intervention.
“I want to mention that the minister, regardless of the political color, doesn’t lead the operations, which I also stated and I sought to argue my standpoint. (…) I didn’t talk to Liviu Dragnea. (…) I also brought some clarification regarding the communication in terms of the mission organisation or the public communication with certain politicians, and what I said was that I had no such communications on those occasions and I haven’t met any politicians, outside the specific interest of the ministry. I also brought clarifications that I sent communications and informative messages to Romania’s Prime Minister in exercising my governmental duty and not the political one,” Carmen Dan said, upon exiting the DIICOT headquarters.
She showed that she told the prosecutors her view regarding the manner in which the 10 August protests were organised and mentioned that “it’s absolutely natural” that the investigation bodies call in for hearings any person who knows anything about those events.
Several protesters gathered outside the DIICOT headquarters who chanted against the former Interior Minister and former Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea.
IntMin Vela about “August 10”: There were no other politicians involved besides PSD members
Minister of the Interior Marcel Vela said on Friday that the involvement of other politicians other than the PSD members in the events of August 10, 2018, in Victoria Square is out of question.
“The right-wing, if we are to refer to the political spectrum, it has nothing to do with this serious events that happened on August 10-11, for a very simple reason: the PSD (Social Democratic Party) was in charge, Mr. Liviu Dragnea ruled all Romania, Mrs. Carmen Dan was the Minister of Interior and her subordinates were in Victoria Square (…). I am genuinely a right-winger, I am a member of the PNL (National Liberal Party) since 1990 and I was a Senator in the Defence Committee on August 10. We had nothing to do with what happened, the right-wing spectrum, and at that time I was a Senator and head of the Senate’s Defence Committee. The involvement of other politicians, other than the PSD members, and you will probably see at the end of the investigation, is out of question,” said Vela.
The Interior Minister’s statement came in reply to a question concerning the statements made by the Deputy Mayor of the Capital City, Aurelian Badulescu, according to which, the “August 10″ events were basically born from both the left and the right. Street movements are linked to the right, but the intervention is linked to the left.”
As for the hearing of former Interior Minister Carmen Dan at DIICOT on the events of August 10, 2018, Vela said that it is a hearing that “will shed much light on this case.”
“I do not want to analyze the activity of the magistrates, but it is a hearing that, I suppose, will shed much light on this case. I am the Minister of the Interior, I cannot give my opinion on the moment of the actual hearing,” he said.
Asked if the declassification of the report of the gendarmes’ talks from the events of August 10 will bring clarification, Vela replied that yes.
“I like to think that yes, as a proof that many were upset that we had declassified it. Many who were very quiet until the declassification,” Vela said, according to Agerpres.