“AKM machine-gun” deputy Catalin Radulescu has been suspended from the Social Democrat Party (PSD) for six months, following PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea’s proposal.
Dragnea has announced in Sinaia on Thursday that the party’s National Executive Committee that he proposed Radulescu’s “self suspension” from the party, gibing the deputy’s intention to “suspend himself”.
“We’ll debate Catalin Radulescu’ situation. He tried to suspend himself from the party, but he failed. I will propose to be suspended,” Dragnea said.
The PSD chairman has recently stated that he is willing to propose “the maximum sanction” for Radulescu and that “it’s highly less probable that he stays in PSD” after his controversial statement on owning a AKM machine gun that he is ready to use against protesters in Victoria Square.
MP Catalin Radulescu has announced on March 20 in a press release to local media in Arges County, he has suspended himself from PSD until the clarification of all aspects related to his public statements.
“Given that I have an experience of 21 years in PSD, I don’t want the image of the party and of the PSD president to be harmed in any way, I suspend himself until all aspects of this media scandal are clarified, in order to prove my good faith and that the interpretation of my words and opinions were distorted to discredit my image and my political activity. I remain devoted to the PSD principles, programme and leadership,” the release reads.
The MP claims that his statements were distorted, but apologizes to those who felt aggrieved by his public statements.
“I regret my words were interpreted in another sense, totally distorted and untrue, as phrases in different subjects were taken away, out from an interview of 90 minutes, and attached in the Securitate style in a 2-minute movie. I apologize to the people of good faith who felt aggrieved by the unfair interpretation of my words; during my career up to this age, I was never involved in any act of public disturbance,” the statement says.
Radulescu argues, however, that “any investigation into the statements and political views of an MP is illegal and unconstitutional,” citing the Constitution in this regard.