Social-democrat Chairman Liviu Dragnea has announced on Thursday that he would sue Romania to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) after a panel of five judges with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) rejected the PSD chairman’s appeal against the two-year sentence on probation he received in the Referendum file.
“There is this complete approach, as expected, with the rejection of the appeal. I have the possibility to take two steps at the ECHR and at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. The actions are almost completed and my lawyers will soon submit the complaint to the ECHR,” Liviu Dragnea said, according to realitatea.net.
His lawyers demanded in court in February that the decision in the Referendum file be annulled on the grounds that two judges of the panel have retired before the motivation was drafted and someone else signed them. They also complained that the 30-day time limit for drafting the motivation in this case had been exceeded.
The ICCJ judges overruled on Monday the Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea’s appeal in the Referendum file, where he was sentenced to two years on probation. The appeal was overruled as unfounded. The ruling is final, cannot be challenged anymore.
Liviu Dragnea challenged the final sentence ruling, through an extraordinary remedy at law. The PSD chairman was sentenced to two years in probation on April 22 last year.
The Supreme Court has motivated decision that sentenced Dragnea to two years on probation in the referendum fraud file, with judges arguing that the PSD leader has chosen to ‘abusively use his authority and influence in the party’ to falsify the ballots results.