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DNA request for Gabriel Oprea’s prosecution reaches Senate. The former deputy PM claims not guilty

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) request on initiating the prosecution in the case of Senator Gabriel Oprea, former Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, charged with culpable homicide in the case of the death of police officer Bogdan Gigina has reached the Senate on Friday.

After the request is presented in the Senate’s standing bureau, to convene on Monday, the Justice request will be forwarded to the legal committee for an opinion which will be sent to the plenary sitting, which is the body in charge with approving or rejecting it, Agerpres informs.

DNA head Laura Codruta Kovesi on Thursday asked that the Senate be notified for the initiation of Gabriel Oprea’s prosecution for culpable homicide in the case of police officer Bogdan Gigina’s death.

According to the DNA, the evidence collected reveals reasonable indications on committing a new offense, besides the ones for which a criminal investigation is already underway.

On the other hand, former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea on Friday wrote on his Facebook page that he is not guilty of the death of police agent Bogdan Gigina, and that the claims of the prosecutors who have requested his criminal investigation have no real grounds.

“This is no easy moment for me. But I know I am innocent. I am waiting for the entire file, and all that I can say now is that each and every time I will use legal levers to show that the claims of the prosecutors are groundless,” wrote Oprea.

“After almost one year, DNA prosecutors say they are asking for approval to start my criminal prosecution in connection with the accident in which Bogdan Gigina died. I said it and say it once again: I am deeply regretting the loss, and words fail to describe how much the tragedy of October 2015 has affected me, especially as a father,” added Oprea.

He also claimed that the investigating prosecutors are following a wrong trail.

“I want justice to be done, but since I have read the DNA statement, I believe the prosecutors are following a wrong trail. I have not had access to the court file, but starting from what has been officially announced so far, there are some things I want to add,” Oprea said.

He argued that the agent was not part of an official motorcade, but of an ‘accompanying detail,’ saying that he did not set the speed at which trips were made.

“I had never asked for a certain speed during my goings. I would usually ask about the route of the trip. I say it once again, the cruising speed and its adjustment to weather and traffic circumstances are decided upon by the head of the accompanying detail,” wrote Oprea, adding that on the night of the accident he was returning from “one of the state bodies that closely collaborate with the Interior Ministry, namely the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).”

Oprea mentioned that the route and the management of the human resources involved were ‘none of the minister’s business.’

“DNA said that I ‘made Bogdan Gigina be present’ in the detail’ wrong! The route, securing it, managing the human resources and vehicles involved are none of the minister’s business. It would have been impossible for the minister to sit and plan the details of the ‘5 trips’ a day that DNA claims, instead of the minister taking care of other matters,” reads Oprea’s Facebook post.

He argued that DNA “is forgetting something essential, namely mentioning the state of the roads on which the accident occurred.’

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