PG Lazar rejects accusations: The drama of former political prisoners is used to denigrate me

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Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar has rejected the latest accusations against him that he would have ordered the disciplinary sanctions against any criminally convicted person when he was prosecutor delegate tot the Committee for release on parole at the Aiud Penitentiary during communism. Lazar said that the drama of some former political prisoners is used for his denigration, now that he has filed candidature for a new PG term.

I reject all allegations that, as prosecutor delegate tot the Committee for release on parole at the Aiud Penitentiary, I would have ordered the disciplinary sanctions against any criminally convicted person who was imprisoned, by issuing punishment reports,” Lazar posted on Facebook today.

Lazar explained that the prisoners got disciplinary sanctions only from the penitentiary’s administration, which was under the Interior Ministry’s authority at that time.

Mass media released some allegations that Lazar would have refused to release dissident Iulius Filip from prison during the Communist regime.

According to some allegations released in the mass media, the Bran School used to be a school of the Securitate former political police that trained magistrates, judges and prosecutors, to arrest, investigate and sentence to prison, or even to death the dissidents of the communist regime.

Iulius Filip was a anti-communist dissident and former political prisoner during the communist regime. Together with other political prisoners and dissidents he wrote a letter asking for Nicolae Ceausescu’s removal and for Romania’s democratisation and sent this letter to the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe convened in Vienna in May 1988. Following this initiative, he was investigated and tortured by Securitate for 5 days. After that, he was compelled to leave Romania in ten days. Filip, together with other opponents, had filed papers to emigrate in the US anyway. He eventually left for America and returned in Romania in 1997.

In retort to these accusations, PG Augustin Lazar told g4media that he cannot confirm aspects regarding Iulius Filip. In a press statement, Lazar though mentions that the committee he was part in the mid-80s as criminal prosecutor did not have the task to release prisoners from jail, but to examine if the convicts were qualifying for the minimum mandatory fraction of the jail time.

In his turn, Mădălin Hodor, researcher at the National Council for Studying the Securitate Archives (CNSAS) said on Wednesday that the information on Lazar and dissident Iulius Filip is fake news, as the dissident was investigated by a lieutenant colonel Lazar Gheorghe.

 

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