Final sentence in the referendum file, on April 22. Anti-corruption prosecutors want Dragnea behind bars

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The High Court for Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) has decided that the final sentence in the ‘Referendum file’ for Liviu Dragnea will be delivered on April 22.

Anti-corruption prosecutors on Friday have asked the High Court of Cassation and Justice (Romania’s Supreme Court) to rule a prison sentence for the chairman of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea in the referendum file.

The minimum jail sentence encompassed in the “anti-corruption guide” and asked by the National Anti-corruption Directorate mounts from 3 to 5 years in prison.

At the last appeal, the DNA prosecutors have asked prison sentences for all those 45 people prosecuted in this case.

Dragnea’s actions were to determine people to vote. The lack of turnout was seen as trifle, not like a right of the citizens. The defendant saw the voters as some objects that should be taken out of the houses and directed to polls,” the prosecutors arged.

In 2015 the Supreme Court sentenced Dragnea, who was PSD secretary general at that time, to one year in prison with suspension in the file related to the 2012 referendum for ex-president Basescu’s impeachment, but the ruling was not final.

So far there have been eight trial dates in the appeal and tens of witnesses have been heard.

Liviu Dragnea went to the ICCJ on Friday morning, stating that he is innocent and doesn’t think of a prison sentence.

I strongly believe in my innocence and in the Romanians’ right to go the polls. I won’t consider a conviction with execution,” Dragnea stated.

The PSD chairman asked the  Supreme Court’s judges to be acquitted.

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