Former Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu reported on Friday to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to be officially notified on the beginning of the criminal investigation against him for bribe taking.
Upon exiting the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Tariceanu stated that he was informed of his status of suspect, adding that the case in which he is being investigated “starts from a series of false, erroneous and aberrant premises”.
“I was called to the DNA to be informed of my status of suspect in a case in which I am accused of obtaining undue benefits, resulting from bribe taking. However, what I would like to specify is that this entire case starts from a series false, erroneous and aberrant premises. Namely that during the period in which I led the Romanian Government, the Government allegedly issued a series of Government decisions that favored a certain company. The Prime Minister does not sign Government decisions of his own accord, as some may imagine, they are certainly going through an entire administrative procedure, they are legally approved and, from here, all the construction that was mounted by the prosecutors stands on a false basis,” Tariceanu declared, according to Agerpres.
He said he had asked for time to study the additional evidence the prosecutors say they had submitted in the case and will follow the procedures provided for in the process.
On Wednesday, Minister of Justice Stelian Ion sent to General Prosecutor Gabriela Scutea the request for criminal investigation approved by President Klaus Iohannis regarding the beginning of the criminal investigation of Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
“The Minister of Justice sent to the General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice the request for criminal investigation formulated by the President of Romania regarding Calin Constantin Anton Popescu-Tariceanu, former Prime Minister, for the deeds covered by file No. 668/P/2019 of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice – the National Anticorruption Directorate. The request was transmitted pursuant to Article 109 paragraph 2, first sentence of the Romanian Constitution, republished, as well as Article 12, art. 18 and Article 19 of Law No. 115/1999 on ministerial responsibility, republished, with subsequent amendments and additions,” informed the Ministry of Justice.
On Monday, the DNA requested the Prosecutor General’s Office to notify the head of the state for the beginning of the criminal investigation of Calin Popescu-Tariceanu for bribe taking, at the time he held the position of Prime Minister.