The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have requested the Senate’s go-ahead for the start of criminal prosecution in the case of Gabriel Oprea, in the police file on the death of Bogdan Gigină, on charges of culpable homicide.
The anti-corruption prosecutors have sent to the Prosecutor General of Romania the application for prosecution for culpable homicide of the former Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea, currently senator; the request is expected to reach the Romanian Senate soon.
In this file Gabriel Oprea is investigated for abuse of office, a file opened after the death of policeman Bogdan Gigină, on October 20, 2015, the agent being involved in a traffic accident following which he suffered injuries that caused his death.
“In accordance with the relevant legal and constitutional provisions, the DNA chief prosecutor has submitted to the attorney general the case report for the Senate to be notified that there is a request for the criminal prosecution of Gabriel Oprea, senator and former deputy prime minister for national security and interior minister, for the commission of culpable homicide during his ministerial tenure,” DNA says.
The prosecutors say that on October 20, 2015, around 19:00hrs, police agent Bogdan Gigina was involved in a traffic collision that left him with a haemorrhaging head injury from head and face trauma that caused his death.
“At the time of the accident, the victim Gigină Bogdan Cosmin was part of a motorcade accompanying Minister Gabriel Oprea. (…) At the time of the accident, the Minister Gabriel Oprea was heading for his home located in Cotroceni,” the prosecutors say in a press release.
According to DNA, the evidence in the file show that “in violation of the legal provisions governing the escort of dignitaries, Interior Minister Oprea Gabriel ordered, for himself, to benefit permanently from accompanying crews of traffic police, the motorcades being made up by a traffic police car (an agent and a traffic police officer) and a motorcycle of the traffic police.”
Gabriel Oprea, as minister, was making an average of five trips daily during which he was accompanied by teams of traffic police, the number of trips being “about three times higher than those achieved in the same period for escorting the President of Romania and about twice higher than after the prime minister, officials entitled to motorcades under the law,” DNA informs.
Investigators say proof so far shows consistent indications that, Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea ordered for self round-the-clock accompanying by a team of Highway Police officers made up of one motor vehicle of the Highway Police (one agent and one officer) and a motorcycle of the Highway Police, all in violation of the legal provisions regulating the accompanying of dignitaries.
“The said workers were part of the staff of a special department of the Highway Brigade of DGPMB that provides accompanying services for official motorcades. Some workers were designated exclusively to accompany the minister in a round-the-clock structure that entailed simultaneous provision of three police staff for each position (two replacements and one alternate). The staff would be at the minister’s disposal round the clock, waiting for him after each trip very near to the destination. Analysis of documents attesting to the daily composition of the accompanying missions and trips reveals that Oprea would make about five daily trips when he would be accompanied by police motorcades,” the prosecutors conclude.
“Each trip would also entail the reassignment of a significant number of police agents from their usual positions to the trails followed by the dignitary, which consequently disturbs traffic surveillance, guidance and control. For instance, on October 20, 2015, when the accident occurred, the motorcade was made up of 27 police staff assigned to the intersections on the minister’s route. The intersections were not assigned according to traffic load, and the guiding maneuvers were not intended to optimise traffic, but to curtail the time of the minister’s time on the road,” DNA says.
The prosecutors’ paper and 18 volumes of the prosecution case will reach the Romanian Senate, documentation on which the senators will decide whether they authorize prosecution for manslaughter.