The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) Chairman, Cristina Tarcea, has replied on Tuesday to the accusations from PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, who said that the Supreme Court does not respect the law, referring to the regulation of the five judges panel. Tarcea has said that the High Court respects the law and there are judges that respect the law at any risks, digi24.ro informs.
“The law in undeniable and unequivocal: the panels of judges are decided at the beginning of the year,” she said.
“The High Court respects the law and there are judges in this country that respect the law at any risks,” Cristina Tarcea said, adding that law 207/2018 is applied in this regard since July 2018.
Liviu Dragnea said on Sunday for Antena 3 TV private broadcaster that it is intended for him to ‘put him in jail’ by a ICCJ panel made up by violating the law, and that he is convinced there is no court to resist the pressures to sentence him.
“They want to put me in jail with a judge’s panel established by violating the law. The law reads that the heads of panels are randomly assigned. ICCJ has adopted a decision whereby the law comes into force as of January 1, 2019. Why? In order to assign the panels illegally. We will challenge this, but also to them,” Dragnea said.
Dragnea added that he has talked to Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, to take steps regarding the assignment of the 5-judge panels at the ICCJ.
The Supreme Court sentenced Liviu Dragnea to 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment in June 2018, in the employment of the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC) Teleorman, in which he is charged with instigating to abuse in service. The ruling was made by two of the three judges of the panel. The third voted for the acquittal. The ruling is not final.
His former wife, Bombonica Prodana, prosecuted in the same case, was acquitted.
On the other hand, Dragnea has been acquitted for the charge of forgery. The ruling thus cancels the previous conviction on probation in the Referendum file and the Social Democrat leader will be therefore sentenced to prison. The magistrates’ ruling is not final and can be challenged by appeal, to a five-judge tribunal.
Last week, the ICCJ judges released the reasoning for sentencing PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment, in the employment file at DGASPC Teleorman. The reasoning reads that he had an unlawful, antisocial and immoral conduct, in disagreement with the rank of public dignity – Chairman of the Teleorman County Council.
“The defendant Dragnea Nicolae Liviu, by instigating the defendant Alesu Floarea to violate her duties in the sense of maintaining in office the two employees, Botorogeanu Adriana and Stoica Anisa Niculina, knowing that they are not present at work and are violating their duties provided in the individual labour contract and in the job description, has adopted an unlawful, antisocial and immoral behavior, in disagreement with the rank of public dignity held, the degree of representation and the trust provided by citizens in the electoral process, leading to a violation of the prestige of the exerted function and of the good development of the social relations within the public institutions,” reads the reasoning of the ICCJ judges.