Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban asked for the resignation of Calin Popescu-Tariceanu from his office as President of the Senate and called on the senators to vote, just as the Liberals will vote, namely in favour of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) request, for the commencement of the latter's criminal prosecution.
"I request the resignation of Calin Popescu-Tariceanu from the President of the Senate office. (...) The decision whether or not a citizen is guilty is made by courts. Any political victimisation attempt, following the request for the commencement of criminal prosecution, doesn't do anything else, but to show, once again, that Dragnea and Tariceanu are using the political power not to improve the citizens' lives, not to put in practice the governing programme they presented to the citizens, but to make use of the political power acquired only for their personal purposes, and in view of getting rid of the criminal investigations or the consequences of the acts they committed. Moreover, we ask the senators to vote just as the PNL will vote - namely in favour of the request to start the criminal prosecution," the PNL Chairman told a press conference on Friday.
The Prosecutor's General Office sent the Senate, upon being notified by the DNA, a request to start the criminal prosecution for the bribe taking offense, which was allegedly committed by Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) argues that Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu would have received indirectly, between 2007-2008, back when he was in the Prime Minister office, benefits worth approximately 800,000 US dollars from an Austrian company.