The General Prosecutor’s Office has released the protocol clinched with the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) in 2016. The document refers to the concrete conditions to access technical systems of the National Center of Communications Wiretap. The document is signed by Romania’s Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar and SRI director, Eduard Hellvig.
However, the prime minister’ adviser, Darius Valcov has disclosed there is another version of the protocol, a secret, classified one.
SRI spokesperson Ovidiu Marincea mentioned the secret protocol had been denounced after one month since it had been signed, meaning in February 2017 and had not had any effect whatsoever.
On the other hand, the General Prosecutor’s Office stated on Friday that the secret protocol concluded with SRI had been terminated on March 13, 2017.
The protocol has been made public during a talk show at TVR public broadcaster.
The document released on the Public Ministry’s website says it is not secret and stipulates that the Prosecutor’s Office and SRI are cooperating according to the powers of each other, to establish the concrete conditions of independent access of the prosecutors to the technical systems of the National Centre of Communications Wiretap within SRI, to carry out technical surveillance.
Yet, the PM’s adviser, Darius Valcov has disclosed another version of the protocol, arguing the document signed in 2016 before the general elections, actually has more provisions than it appears on the website.
The alleged protocol invoked by Valcov has 27 points, has been registered in December 2016 and is different from the public one issued by the Public Ministry.
Valcov claims that someone ‚within the system’ has given him a different, classified version of the protocol, which mentions the exchange of information through permanent communication channels at all levels.
„On request or ex officio, the parties inform each other on the data and information obtained through the specific activity and which can be of interest for the other Side’s missions”, says this document.
SRI must send, upon the Prosecutor’s Office’s request, information on the deeds which are subject to criminal files.
SRI spokesperson Ovidiu Marincea retorted that all protocols of the services, including this one, is at the parliamentary committee for the SRI control and that the secret protocol had been denounced and that the MPs from the special committee had been informed about the termination.
He explained that the unclassified protocol regulates the technical way through which the criminal prosecution bodies have access to the wiretaps, while the classified document regulated the way the SRI is cooperating with the Prosecutor’s Office in the field of preventing and countering terrorism, which made the protocol secret. However, Marincea said the classified protocol had been terminated on February 28, 2017 and it is not enforced anymore, and that the members of the SRI parliamentary committee had been informed about the unclassified protocol and on the termination of the classified one.
On the other hand, Claudiu Manda (PSD), head of the SRI committee that the secret protocol is not at the committee, and neither is the termination document.
In his turn, the chairman of the ruling party, PSD, Liviu Dragnea, has asked on Facebook Friday, in his capacity of Chamber speaker, that the SRI committee should conduct an investigation for „potential illegal deeds committed by SRI”. Dragnea considers that the Judicial Inspection should also be notified on these protocols and start an inquiry at the Prosecutor’s Office.