Romania’s Prosecutor’s Office: No investigation over Dragnea’s alleged assassination attempt

Ovidiu Posirca 22/08/2018 | 13:49

The Prosecutor’s Office of Romania says it there is no investigation into the alleged assassination attempt against Liviu Dragnea, the head of the ruling party PSD. The politician said that last year four foreign citizens planned to kill him, although he didn’t elaborate on this.

The general prosecutor of Romania, Augustin Lazar, was asked for a comment about Dragnea’s statement, but he refused to make any statement. Communication representatives of Prosecutor’s Office of Romania told Mediafax that was no ongoing investigation regarding Dragnea’s alleged assassination attempt.

Meanwhile, the Protection and Security Service (SPP) told Mediafax that it didn’t receive any notification regarding Dragnea’s statements. The SPP is tasked with protecting high ranking officials in Romania, including the president and the PM. The PSD president is also speaker of the Chamber of Deputies – the third highest ranking public official in Romania.

The PSD head said that we are “in a mafia state”, adding that the assassination attempt “was investigated, but I don’t know more.”

“Yes, but I can’t say (who paid – n.r.). Yes, a very famous man. No, I’m not thinking of him (Soros – e.n.). He’s thinking of me,” said Dragnea.

Dragnea went on to say that he “escaped” from four men planning to kill him. He said the alleged killers stayed at a hotel in Bucharest called Athenee Palace.

This August, Dragnea said he isn’t guarded by anybody, suggesting that he doesn’t trust the SPP as long as general Lucian Pahontu leads this organization.

Mediafax reported that sources within the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) said they didn’t have any investigation into the attempted assassination of Dragnea.

A spokesperson of the Romanian Intelligence Services (SRI) said that no official notification was received about the alleged threats against Dragnea.

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