Bucharest Mayor Firea withdraws complaint against ex-president Basescu

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The general mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea announced that she had withdrawn her complaint against former President Traian Basescu, for blackmail charges, reminding that it’s been two years since she filed that complaint.

“It was not a simple decision. I asked for my lawyer’s, my family’s advice and also I talked to many Bucharesters for I go in different places in the capital and I asked them their opinion about this file. Most of them, like me, tell me they would have wanted a verdict closer to the moment the event took place (…) That moment was the beginning of an inner assessment if it would be better that I withdrew my complaint,” Gabriela Firea told Antena 3.

The General Prosecutor’s Office informed on July 28 that the file where the former president Traian Basescu is investigated for threatening Gabriela Firea (former Social Democrat senator, currently the Bucharest mayor) will not be sent to court, while investigations will be resumed. Romania’s prosecutor general Augustin Lazar decided to drop criminal charges against Basescu on the ground that investigation is incomplete.

The criminal prosecution in this file has been suspended for three months, giving Traian Basescu and Gabriela Firea the opportunity to reach a deal by mediation.

As the mediation failed, the prosecution was resumed in February.

Basescu – Firea scandal began after the former president said that even now he can say that Gabriela Firea is “a good journalist, but as a jurist she is catastrophic”. “She’d better stand still and take care of what it is happening on her husband’s domain, where he is mayor. Because she might not find him home one day if she is not careful. I understand that plenty of bad things are happening in his courtyard,” said Basescu.

The former head of state also said that the PSD senator Gabriela Firea is “a professional blackmailer”. “There is not an attack against a woman, it’s an attack against a blackmailer who claims to be respected as a Senator of Romania, after she was schooled by Securitatea collaborator Felix,”said Basescu.

Traian Basescu also said that he recommends Prime Minister Victor Ponta not to hire the “blackmailer Senator” Gabriela Firea as spokesperson for the coalition’s elections, because she brings bad luck to the man of whom she says she wants to protect.

In retort, Gabriela Firea says that a solution could be pronounced in this file within two years.

“I was surprised, as I did not know the sentence ruled by the prosecutor’s office. I heard it from the media about the solution being invalidated. It has been two years since the event that was public and I believe a solution could be give in all this time (…) It seems to me that they extended this file too much. I went to the hearings also during pregnancy, I didn’t stand on the pregnacy to miss hearings,” Firea said.

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