The High Court of Cassation and Justice (the Supreme Court) has acquitted Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu in the file where he has been charged with perjury. The ruling is not final and can be appealed in ten days.
The acquittal comes after the anti-corruption prosecutor has asked early this month in the last hearing in this file a sentence of three years in prison for Tariceanu.
The Senate Speaker said in retort that the ”fight he has been fighting has been the fight of a nation to break free of the handcuffs of the parallel state.”
Tariceanu added that the fight agains corruption must not turn into ”a front for political fights”.
”There are people dragged into trials, who were charged, subjected to public outrage, some of them were arrested without being judged, held in prison a long time and then acquitted. There are people who saw their professional careers ruined, as well as their reputation, family and so on. Countering corruption cannot be a front for political fights,” he said.
On July 6, the DNA Brasov prosecutors indicted Calin Popescu Tariceanu about the statements made as a witness in the retrocession file of a land in Snagov Forest and of Baneasa farm, in which are judged Prince Paul, Remus Truica, Tal Silberstein and Dan Andronic.
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu was indicted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on July 7 for crimes of perjury and of favouring the offender.
The indictment drawn up by the anticorruption prosecutors shows that, within the investigation framework conducted to clarify the case regarding the allegedly illegal restitution of land in Snagov Forest and of Baneasa Farm, Tariceanu made, under oath, on April 15, 2016, inaccurate statements about the essential aspects of the file on which he had been asked and did not say everything he knows about essential circumstances, aiming thereby to prevent/hinder the defendants’ criminal responsibility in the file.
Calin Popescu-Tariceanu is accused of making untrue statements and of not saying everything he knows about the relationship he had with the defendants Tal Silberstein, Dan Catalin Andronic and Remus Truică, about the meetings and discussions with the latter on notary fees regarding the trading of buildings and about the manner of acquisition and capitalizing the claimed assets.