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February 3, 2023

Former President Traian Basescu no longer contests in court decision of being declared collaborator of former communist political police Securitate

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (Supreme Court) took note of a request made by Traian Basescu, through which the former president announces to the judges that he renounces to contest, through an extraordinary appeal, the court’s decision by which he was declared a collaborator of the former communist political police Securitate.

In October, Traian Basescu made an identical request to the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

Through the two revision requests, Traian Basescu tried to obtain the annulment of the decision by which he was declared a collaborator of the former communist political police Securitate.

The revision is an extraordinary way of attack through which, on the basis of facts, circumstances or evidence discovered after the judgment has taken place, the withdrawal of a final or irrevocable civil judgment is sought and a new judgment is conducted.

In March, the Supreme Court decided definitively that the former president Traian Basescu collaborated with the communist Securitate.

According to National Council for Studying the Securitate Archives (CNSAS), the former president Traian Basescu, with the source name “Petrov”, gave informative notes that led to keeping a colleague from the Navy to leave the country.

From the documents submitted to the court by CNSAS, it appears that Basescu would have had a liaison officer appointed by the former Securitate, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and that he would have given two holographic informant notes.

According to CNSAS, during the collaboration with the Securitate, Traian Basescu provided information denouncing activities against the communist totalitarian regime, such as the intention to go abroad and relations with foreign citizens, existing in the informant notes given on 05.05.1975.

“Analyzing the information provided by the defendant, we appreciate that they are aimed at restricting the right to private life (art. 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) and the right to free movement (art. 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights),” argued CNSAS.

According to the CNSAS, as a result of one of the informant notes given by Traian Basescu on a colleague, the Securitate gave a negative opinion to the colleague’s designation on Romanian ships that departed outside the country’s borders.

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