It has been said, correctly, that at that time, Gabriel Oprea was (just) an independent parliamentary, but I can show any time that he was a highly influential politician in the camp of those who supported Traian Basescu for a second term and very close to the leadership of SRI at that time.
Gabriel Oprea has met George Maior in PSD, and Florian Coldea was close, being his benefactor. I described in a previous episode how Gabriel Oprea has saved Florian Coldea's military career. In 2007, Gabriel Oprea has obtained in the scandal with the compromising notes that can be used against some judges of the Constitutional Court, written by former first Deputy SRI, not to be taken any disciplinary or criminal measures, although we are dealing with a genuine case of political police.
Relations between them have been consolidated over time, 2008 episode in which Gabriel Oprea became Minister of Internal Affairs as a result of a tight competition within the PSD with Cătălin Voicu, being eloquent. Then there was a massive involvement of some officials, with the belief that if the Ministry of Internal will be taken by Catalin Voicu, exponent of the group Mitica Iliescu- Marian Vanghelie-Viorel Hrebenciuc, the battle of dossiers would become much tougher. While presidential elections were very close.
A hard to explain presence. Laura Codruta Kovesi at Gabriel Oprea’s home.
What was Laura Codruta Kovesi doing that night (6-7 December 2009), General Prosecutor of Romania, together with her Deputy Prime, in the house of Gabriel Oprea, is one of the sensitive issues of that night, and the majority of those who tried to discredit my account had this issue in mind. Because it is proof of involvement beyond the limits laid down by the code of conduct and legal provisions valid in the case of a magistrate.
Because the presence of Laura Codruta Kovesi as General Prosecutor of Romania in that night home at Gabriel Oprea is the only one that cannot be explained, a deep silence has installed.
Any response would be weird! Laura Codruta Kovesi wasn't friends with Gabriel Oprea, she didn't know Neculai Onțanu, at whose name day the host claimed that invited us, she had nothing to be concerned about losing or winning elections by Traian Basescu, could not be concerned about Realitatea TV's attitude in the heat of the election battle. She was, however, in extremely close relations with George Maior, head of the SRI, and Florian Coldea, Prime Deputy SRI.
Gabriel Oprea’s babble. Here is the table, there’s no table…
Gabriel Oprea was the only one who has tried to explain something without saying anything concrete about the presence of Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi at his home in election night.
Only that he managed to make public two versions in 6 days.
The first one in April 13 2017:
"I watch TV and my head hurts. I announced that I give a meal at my house. It was Onțanu's birthday. I invited Mr Andronic, Anghel Iordănescu, Vasile Dîncu, I invited also Mr. Maior. The meal lasted until 22:30-23:00. I don't know what each discussed, I've been doing my duty as host. It was a simple meal", said Gabriel Oprea.
"I'll explain each moment. I don't deny that Mr. Coldea was present, but I want to explain exactly. You should know that there are meals between friends or among colleagues and doesn't take all night. It took just two hours and a half and it was just a meal. My wife insisted that I go in", also said Gabriel Oprea.
The next, after 6 days, also at Mihai Gadea:
Oprea: -I make a statement, as we understood. It was a simple dinner. I never organized the birthday or the name day for Mr. Ontanu. It was a dinner, meal was served, we watched TV, of course, I said happy birthday to Mr. Onţanu. I told you the people I, Gabriel Oprea, have invited: Mr. Maior, Mr. Dîncu, Mr. Iordănescu, Mr. Andronic and Mr. Onţanu. With the risk of disappointing, it was an informal meeting.
Gâdea: - Have Mr. Coldea and Mrs. Kovesi been at this dinner, or not?
Oprea: - Once again I tell you, Mr. Gâdea: these are the people that, I, Gabriel Oprea, invited at this dinner.
Gâdea: - Mrs. Kovesi and Mr. Coldea came uninvited by you?
Oprea: - I believe I was very clear.
Gâdea: - You can't disprove that Mrs.Kovesi and Mr. Coldea were at your home, so they come on their own initiative?
Oprea: - I made a statement, I was fair, considering the personal relationship with you, and I think I made the clarifications concerned. It was an informal meeting, it was a dinner, this shall be proven, it wasn't anything political. We dined and we watched TV”.
I haven't talked about election fraud, but about the involvement of senior officials
Subsequent comments that aimed my report left from the premise that going from what I described in the article electoral fraud buds were reveling. And here I think some explanations are needed.
Indeed, then, on the night of December 6, 2009, home at GABRIEL OPREA, I met with GEORGE MAIOR, head of the SRI, Gen. FLORIAN COLDEA, his Prime Deputy, LAURA CODRUTA KOVESI, Prosecutor-General of Romania, in Oprea's office. In the house there were also NECULAI ONȚANU, PUIU IORDĂNESCU, people who had no formal quality, I suspect they were there as friends or relatives.
I spent 1-2 hours with them talking, as I previously wrote, about the outcome of the election, about the strategy that PSD would follow, how it can be quenched part of the media, Laura Codruta Kovesi's problem that evening.
I stated that I heard Kovesi twice answering the phone "Yes, Sir, Mr. President", that SRI General Florian Coldea received on the phone information about votes, the whole discussion being in political context, dedicated to presidential elections. I didn't mention that they spoke with Traian Basescu, Mircea Geoana or the BEC president, since I was not a part of those phone conversations. But they had a clear political character!
How those from PSD were covered by LCK
I would like to explain once again that that doesn't mean I indicated that there occurred an electoral fraud. I recounted this episode of 2009 elections to much better understand the core of the series that I wrote starting more than two months ago. To demonstrate that Operation "We Are the State!" is not related to some isolated incidents, but rather reflects a state of affairs reinforced in time.
Yet, I stated that, on that night, I attended a POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT of certain senior officials of the State in an electoral process. Not in the sense in which they moved the votes from side to side, but in the sense in which they have located themselves directly and unequivocally on the side of a candidate.
An interesting statement came from Cozmin Gusa, who, trying to cover the head of DNA, said: