The defence of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, as well as that of former DGASPC Teleorman director, have filed to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) applications arguing that the sentence was pronounced by a totally unlawful judges panel and has called for a review of the file by a 3-judge panel specialized in corruption cases.
Dragnea’s lawyers claim that the three-and-a-half-year sentence with execution in the case must be repealed because it was not issued by a specialized body on corruption, capital.ro reports.
“From studying the existing public information on the ICCJ website (…) we have found that there are no specialized teams in the criminal section. This leads to the natural conclusion that the panel that solved the present case was not a specialized one, according to the requirements of article 29 of Law 78/2000. It therefore unequivocally results that the present case was solved by an unlawfully established panel, with the consequence of the absolute nullity of the sentence in relation to the provisions of Article 281 paragraph 1 letter a) of the Criminal Procedure Code,” Dragnea’s lawyers claim in his application to the court.
A similar request was also made by Toni Neacsu, the lawyer of the former director of DGASPC Teleorman.
“If this motivation for appeal is admitted, the legal solution is to refer the case back to a 3-judge panel specialized in corruption, legally established,” wrote on Facebook Adrian Toni Neacşu, lawyer of Olguţa Şefu in the DGASPC file.
Thus, after the sentence in first court, with Liviu Dragnea sentenced to 3 years and 6 months in jail with execution, the PSD leader is close to an important victory in court, after having obtained a considerable amount of time, by the delay of the appeal due to the controversy over the 5-judge panels.