President Klaus Iohannis and his wife filed a notification at the Romanian Supreme Court asking for the file on Sibiu house being moved from Brasov Court of Appeal. The notification relates to the court’s final ruling in November last year that made Iohannis couple definitively lose a house downtown Sibiu.
The request for the case relocation was filed on December 17 last year and has a first hearing on February 17, according to Agerpres.
Local media says that President Iohannis argued in the request that the judges in Brasov don’t meet the impartiality and independence condition, as they have faced the media’s pressure all these 10 years when the file has been judged.
The house is located at 29 Nicolae Bălcescu street in Sibiu. It initially belonged to Maria and Eliseu Ghenea, who left it to one of Eliseu’s sisters in the 70s. She also died without having any children, so in 1977 the building was bought by the lodgers. However, in 1999, the purchase agreement through which the lodgers have bought the house has been annulled in court, after a complaint filed by the son of one of the Gheneas’ nephews, Nicolae Baștea. Klaus Iohannis bought the house from Baștea’s heirs.
Yet, the former lodgers sued Iohannis family asking for the extinguishment of the contracts through which Klaus Iohannis and his wife acquired the house, by challenging his quality of Nicolae Baștea’s heir by right.