Senate Speaker to be tried for false witness, abetment in crime in Baneasa Farm retrocession file

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The Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu will be tried for false witness and abetment in crime, the High Court of Cassation and Justice ruled on Friday. The Supreme Court’s magistrates are also to decide the first hearing of the trial.

Calin Popescu Tariceanu has challenged the ruling of the first court, which Okayed the start of the judgment in this case and the Supreme Court has ruled in Tariceanu’s appeal, deciding that he can be tried for these charges.

The anti-corruption prosecutors accuse the Senate Speaker that he has lied when he had been heard in the file related to Snagov forest and Baneasca Farm retrocession. The prejudice in this case is assessed to EUR 135,874,800.

Calin Popescu Tariceanu has been sent to court on July 7, 2016 for two charges: false witness and abetment in crime.

Former presidential aide during the mandate of Emil Constantinescu, Dorin Marian, also former head of Chancellery while Tariceanu was prime minister, was also charged in this retrocession file for false witness.

The National anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) says that Tariceanu has given false testimonies under oath on April 15, 2016 when he avoided saying all that he knew related to essential circumstances in the case. Prosecutors also claim that he eyed to prevent the defendants’ being criminally investigated.

Therefore, Tariceanu would have unrealistically claimed that he had no knowledge about the retrocession of some plots of land from the former royal Baneasa Farm and from Snagov Forest to Paul Philippe of Romania or about the involvement of defendants Tal Silberstein, Beny Steinmetz, Moshe Agavi and others in the retrocession procedures or about the purchase agreements related to those plots of land.

Calin Popescu Tariceanu is also accused of giving statements non-compliant with the truth and did not say all that he knew about the relation with defendants Tal Silberstein, ex-journalist Dan Cătălin Andronic and businessman Remus Truică, about the meetings and talks with Truica regarding the notary fees on selling the above-mentioned goods.

 

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