Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu has announced that Tuesday he will challenge the High Court for Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) decision, according to which the trial can begin in the file in which he is accused of perjury by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Brasov and of favouring the perpetrator.
After checks and deliberation, the preliminary ICCJ chamber has ruled the file can go further on the procedural route to the court of first instance.
“Tomorrow I will file an appeal. From the legal point of view, I wish to emphasize two issues:
- a) I will observe, without exception, the procedure in force.
- b) At the trial on the merits of the accusations filed by DNA Brasov prosecutors, it will be proved that this file was politically fabricated,” Tariceanu has said.
“I said it right on April 15, 2016, after my first hearing as witness at DNA Brasov, that I will not get intimidated by prosecutors who have become instruments of political struggle and will continue to advocate for democracy, human rights and for eliminating abuses in the Romanian justice. Today, less than two weeks before the election day, I want to reassure the public opinion that whatever threats I have been and will be subject further, I will carry out my mission to the end, as asked by countless citizens in the past two years,” Tariceanu said.
The ICCJ dismissed on Monday the applications and exceptions filed by the Senate Speaker and decided that the prosecution in the file he is accused of perjury and of favouring the perpetrator can start at the Supreme Court, the decision is not final.
On July 6, the DNA Brasov prosecutors indicted Calin Popescu Tariceanu about the statements made as a witness in the retrocession file of a land in Snagov Forest and of Baneasa farm, in which are judged Prince Paul, Remus Truica, Tal Silberstein and Dan Andronic.
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu was indicted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on July 7 for crimes of perjury and of favouring the offender.
The indictment drawn up by the anticorruption prosecutors shows that, within the investigation framework conducted to clarify the case regarding the allegedly illegal restitution of land in Snagov Forest and of Baneasa Farm, Tariceanu made, under oath, on April 15, 2016, inaccurate statements about the essential aspects of the file on which he had been asked and did not say everything he knows about essential circumstances, aiming thereby to prevent/hinder the defendants’ criminal responsibility in the file.
Calin Popescu-Tariceanu is accused of making untrue statements and of not saying everything he knows about the relationship he had with the defendants Tal Silberstein, Dan Catalin Andronic and Remus Truică, about the meetings and discussions with the latter on notary fees regarding the trading of buildings and about the manner of acquisition and capitalizing the claimed assets.