A document released by the Chamber of Deputies confirms that the lower chamber speaker Liviu Dragnea is on a two-day visit in Israel on Wednesday and Thursday, thus missing the last hearing in the fictitious hiring file where he is tried for abetment in abuse of office.
PSD chairman Dragnea is paying the visit in Israel upon the invitation of the Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. Dragnea will have talks with the Israeli premier in the light of the 70th anniversary of the Romanian-Israeli diplomatic relations and of the 70th anniversary of the Israel’s independence, but also amid domestic row with President Iohannis on the topic of relocation of Romania’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Chamber of Deputies is covering for the expenses of the journey (flight, accommodation, daily allowance and health insurance).
PM Viorica Dancila is also paying a visit to Israel on the same days.
New hearing in Dragnea’s file, judges ask DNA for further details on SRI’s involvement
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has settled a new hearing, on May 14, in the trial where Liviu Dragnea is tried for abetment in abuse of office for having fictionally hired two PSD members at the Teleorman Child Protection General Direction.
During today’s hearing, two lawyers, including de defender of Dragnea’s former wife, have asked the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) to provide clarified information regarding the involvement of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) in this case. The court has approved the requests.
“I have an address where the DNA chief prosecutor says that the secondary beneficiary is the military unit 9060 Alexandria (…) Based on the SRI-Prosecutor’s Office protocol, joint operative teams were established and SRI granted special technical assistance to the prosecutors (…) If it will be proved that the principle of the loyalty in managing evidence has been broken, the defence can ask that all evidence means managed through the principle breach should be removed from the file,” said the lawyer of one of the defendants, Floarea Alesu.
The lawyer representing Bombonica Prodana, Dragnea’s former wife, has filed a similar request.
Prodana’s lawyer, Toni Neacsu, has announced that they will plead for a mistrial if the DNA’s answer proves that there had been a secret parallel file in this case, based on the protocol with SRI.
“If it’s true that there is a parallel file, kept secret from us, based on this protocol, it’s obviously not Ok, and it will give us numerous grounds for a mistrial. We don’t know at the moment what evidence has been corrupted, and if they were corrupted,” the lawyer said.