Gendarmes’ “conductor” during Diaspora protest heard by prosecutors: I had no information on an alleged coup d’etat attempt


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The head of the Special Brigade of the Gendarmerie, Catalin Paraschiv, the one pictured as dressed in white and directing gendarmes during the Diaspora rally on August 10, has been heard to the Military Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, saying upon leaving that he had not been charged of anything, that he is a witness in his case. Moreover, he said he had no information about an alleged coup d’etat attempt that night, thus contradicting the Gendarmerie, which filed a criminal complaint at the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in the case of the Diaspora protest of August 10. The complaint targets crimes against the constitutional order, more precisely the Gendarmerie accuses a coup d’etat attempt.

I have not been charged, I am a witness in this case, I told about what had happened that night, that’s it,” he said.

Asked if he had information about an alleged coup d’etat attempt on August 10, Paraschiv replied: “I am commander of the Special Intervention Brigade. I don’t think you ask the right person about that. I had no information of this kind. I am military, we wait to see the prosecutors’ opinion. I assume the deeds of my gendarmes, there is no doubt about that. The Special Brigade has acted by the law, in the spirit and the letter of the law.”

It is the second hearing of Paraschiv in this file, after the one one August 23 at the General Prosecutor’s Office.

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