Liberals could call for committee to inquire into Mircea Basescu case

of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) Crin Antonescu announced on Tuesday the Liberals will call for the setting up of a committee to inquire into the case surrounding Mircea Basescu, if the information about the involvement of the Romanian president’s brother in business relating to the defence area is not clarified by the start of the parliamentary session.

‘If there is no clarification by the start of the parliamentary session, we have already mandated the parliamentary group leaders to initiate the moves, at the start of the session – if need be – in order to begin an inquiry into such information by means of the parliamentary commissions – the commission for defence and public order, the commission for the supervision of the Romanian Intelligence Service, the commission for the supervision of the Foreign Intelligence Service’, Antonescu told a news conference.

He stressed he could not pronounce on the content of journalist Sorin Rosca Stanescu’s allegations, but added he was expecting clarification from the state institutions in this respect.

‘Such a media row can bring serious damages to the image of Romania, of the Romanian state, of the president and of the fundamental institutions of the Romanian state.

In my capacity of the PNL president, I call on President Traian Basescu to instruct that all the required measures be taken, to make all the required moves by means of the state institutions he coordinates in order to give a clear and urgent answer to all the accusations levelled on him in the article published by Sorin Rosca Stanescu’, Antonescu said.

‘As the PNL president and as a senator, I officially required certain Romanian state institutions to give answers to the accusations made in that article. In this respect, I call on the justice ministry, the interior ministry and the foreign affairs ministry (to give answers)’, he said.

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