Deputies’ Chamber Speaker, Liviu Dragnea, Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader, said on Friday that he expects to be heard by the anti-corruption prosecutors “for everything that happens in the country, even if it rains,” because he represents “a target” for the head of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura-Codruta Kovesi.
Quizzed if he expects to be heard on the Tel Drum case, Dragnea replied: “I expect to be heard by Mrs. Kovesi for whatever happens in this country, even if it rains. I do not think it’s a secret to anyone that I have been this lady’s target for a long time. I have no connection with Tel Drum. Tel Drum has been talked about for 12 years, and I do not think somebody is child enough to believe that the investigations that have been made public by various websites were the result of research conducted by those sites. Information from inside the DNA was released so that the beginning of investigations would be justified. This would be the 10th, 15th, 20th investigation about that company. I have nothing to do with that company, but I kind of had enough of it.”
He also showed that Bombonica Prodana is heard “only because she was his wife”.
“Why was she called in? Because she was my wife, that was her only fault, and I will never forgive myself for that. She is sent to trial because she is my wife and is now being investigated because she was my wife. And I will tell more, I am just waiting for events to unfold. Because if those who have held some positions or who are now holding some positions think I am amnesiac, they are utterly wrong,” the PSD leader said.
According to him, “the concept of fair investigation is out of the question” as far as he is concerned.
“I understand that I am responsible for everything that is happening in Romania, not only in Teleorman [county – ed.n] but in general. I understood that a lady on a television confessed what pressures and threats she has been subject to in order to say something about me, anything. I understand this is how investigations are carried out in Romania. Of course this already seems trivial, so fair investigations, observing procedures, that’s out of the question. Mrs. Patru, I have read and I want to tell you that I was terrified … (…) I read the DNA release [regarding Adrian Gadea – former president of CJ Teleorman – ed.n.]. I do not quite understand. So it is about a piece of land that has been transferred to a public authority, along other tens or hundreds of transfers that took place in Romania, and when something like this gets transferred, it is done so with rights but also with obligations. Since it has been transferred with rights and obligations, I do not understand where their mistake lies, but I do not know what they have written there. Could direct entrustment be a problem? I am neither a legal expert nor a lawyer. But when something is transferred, it is transferred with rights and obligations and the County Council subrogates the Romanian Waters’ rights and obligations,” the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker said.
Lower Chamber Speaker says Administrative Code draft does not pave his way to rehabilitation
Chamber of Deputies Speaker and national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea said on Friday that, even if the draft Administrative Code were approved, he would not be a beneficiary of the provisions of the act.
“The Minister of Justice also elaborated on the subject. I think he explained very well, the act does not refer to me, the conclusion clearly emerged that the draft document that is supposed to reach Parliament in autumn does not refer to me. I underwent no rehabilitation, so I cannot possibly qualify for it. The document was posted on the website by the Ciolos Government, there might have been add-ons, but not in this case,” Dragnea said at the Parliament Palace.
On Wednesday, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader explained that even if the draft Administrative Code would not have included the exception allowing formerly convicted but rehabilitated persons to be part of the Government, the legal effect would have been “absolutely the same,” because rehabilitation is handled in several instances in the Criminal Code.
JusMin Toader on Wednesday offered explanations regarding the draft Administrative Code, which allows a formerly convicted person to become a member of the Government provided that he/she has been rehabilitated.
“The draft regulatory act provides for the possibility for former convicts who subsequently were rehabilitated to become members of the Government. I understand the stakes of the dispute and we could discuss a lot on the subject. Let me tell you this: there are several regulatory texts in the Criminal Code referring to rehabilitation. There is rehabilitation by operation of law and we have a rehabilitation by court decision. Rehabilitation by operation of law occurs when the term stipulated by the Code is reached, while the rehabilitation by court decision requires the subject, the beneficiary of the potential rehabilitation, to take action in court. My opinion is the following: even if the draft regulatory act did not provide for that exception, the effect would have been exactly the same, because had the exception for rehabilitated persons not been set forth in the text, the legal effect would have been absolutely the same because we, in Romania and in the legal systems in general have two large categories of offences, according to their severity. Offences subject to the statutes of limitations, and offences for which such statutes do not apply. Those with no statutes of limitations are crimes against peace and humankind, while for all the others a time-bar intervenes and they become unactionable,” Toader said.
The Justice Minister’s statement came after the Save Romania Union (USR) warned that the amendments to the draft Administrative Code pave the way for criminal convicts to be members of the Executive if they were rehabilitated, and that “a large-scale institutional scheme was set in motion” for PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea, to become Premier.
“Israel interested in ‘Laser Valley’ project due for development around Magurele platform”
Chamber of Deputies Speaker Liviu Dragnea said on Friday that Israel is very interested in working with Romania in the industry of defence, personalized medical research, but also in the development of the ‘Laser Valley’ project to be carried out in Bucharest Sector 5 – around the Magurele platform.
“Our interests in the relationship with Israel are not unknown, but they need a pragmatic approach, I’d say. We want to cooperate, and as a matter of fact continue cooperation as regards the industry of defence; Israel is on a top position as regards the military technology, with the due clarification we made that we want most of the military technology we’ll develop together to be produced in Romania, as also discussed with the other strategic partners, because we are interested in developing the national defence industry. The Israeli side is also interested in carrying out a project based in Bucharest Sector 5, we are also keen on. There is a discussion underway with Mrs. Mayor General and Sector 5 mayor about the laser facility on the Magurele platform; it’s an area where we want to develop a Laser Valley, taking after the model of Silicon Valley, and they expressed high interest therein. It’s project that might pick up speed and unfold very quickly,” Dragnea said at the Palace of Parliament, when asked about the activity areas where Israeli representatives would be interested to cooperate with Romania.
Dragnea added that Israel is also interested in IT, cyber-security, personalized medical research, agricultural research.
“We discussed the planned eight plus one (eight regions plus Bucharest, ed. n.) hospitals and they said they were highly interested and will send in the next period a group of developers on behalf of the Ministry of Health, or representatives of highly developed clinics in Israel,” Dragnea said.
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies was last week on an official visit to Israel accompanied by a parliamentary delegation.