The military prosecutors with the Prosecutor General’s Office have extended the allegations in the file on the violence during the August 10, 2018 protests for the Gendarmerie chiefs Catalin Sindile, Laurentiu Cazan and Sebastian Cucos.
The Gendarmerie chiefs were summoned to the Prosecutor General’s Office to be informed about the new charges.
On Thursday, Interim Prosecutor General Bogdan Licu announced that he would meet with the leadership of the Military Prosecutor Offices Section to discuss the stage of investigations on the violence during the August 10, 2018 protests. He also said he would also approach the way the ‘Revolution’ file has been solved, realitatea.net reports.
In September, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced that the head of the Romanian Gendarmerie, Cătălin Sindile, his deputy, Sebastian Cucoş and Mihai Chirică, state secretary with the Interior Ministry, are prosecuted for complicity to abuse of office and complicity to improper participation in abusive behavior in continued form. At the same time, Major Laurenţiu Cazan, General Director of the Bucharest Gendarmerie General Directorate, is prosecuted for abuse of office, improper participation in abusive behavior in continued form, improper participation to intellectual forgery and improper participation in utilization of forgery.
“On the first day as interim Prosecutor General, I will get to know the main issues that exist in the criminal investigation. I will have meetings with the heads of the main prosecution structures that have duties in the field of criminal prosecution, and the first ones that I will summon will be those from the Military Prosecutor Offices Section, the leadership of the Military Prosecutor Offices Section, and the discussion will focus on two important topics. The first and most important: the stage of investigations in the August 10 file, the violence file of August 10. The second topic: how the Revolution file was solved,” Bogdan Licu said.
Licu also said that he would check on Thursday whether the Public Ministry has conducted an analysis on the impact of the legislative amendments in the field of criminal law adopted on April 24 by the Parliament.
The Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) has delegated Bogdan Licu to take over as interim Prosecutor General, but according to sources, some prosecutors say the CSM did not have a legal basis for making the appointment. They invoke the internal regulations of the Prosecutor’s Office, according to which First Deputy Prosecutor General Laura Oprean should have taken over the interim position. Licu argues, however, that this regulation has not been updated following the legislative changes.
File photo: August 10, 2018 protests