Traian Băsescu has fallen victim to the forces he unleashed

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Traian Basescu (photo: Razvan Socol, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons)

The former president used to be the representative of anti-communism and anti-corruption in Romanian politics. In 2016 a criminal investigation for money laundering was started against him. On 20 September 2019 the court declared him a collaborator with the communist secret service “Securitate”

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 24 September 2019 on the English section of the site “The Barricade”.

On 20 September the Court of Appeals in Bucharest came out with the decision that the former Romanian president Traian Băsescu was a collaborator with the communist secret service “Securitate”. Băsescu rejects this accusation and has always asserted that he didn’t have such relations. During socialism he was captain of the ship.

The Court of Appeals approved the case brought by the National Council for Investigation of Securitate’s Archives (CNSAS) that Băsescu be declared a Securitate collaborator. The claim points out that the former president reported on his colleagues and was “a person for support” to the Securitate, almost until the regime’s fall. Documents from the internal intelligence service (SRI) and Ministry of National Defense are attached to the case.

“I will not comment on the process. I have to defend myself. We have completely different views from CNSAS. A third party will resolve our dispute – the judge… Let’s see the process,” declared Băsescu in the Court of Appeals in Bucharest.

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