Alexandru Adamescu does not want to return to Romania to be arrested by DNA in a case where his father died, guarded by a warder, because of an extremely serious disease he had suffered from before entering the prison and which got worse because of the inhuman conditions from the prison. He is now in London.
Sebastian Ghiţă had left the country before DNA issued, through the famous prosecutor “Orange” from Ploiesti, an arrest warrant, being accused, in one of the files, of bringing the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Romania. He's in Belgrade. These are the best-known fugitives in recent months. They all fight in the courts not to return to Romania, preferring jail or arrest anywhere else than in Romania.
All of them claim that in Romania, the institution (that fights corruption) that deals with the anti-corruption struggle has become an abusive mechanism. This mechanism is so powerful that you cannot escape when it triggers a prosecution against you, being part of a system that has perfected over the last 12 years an almost flawless network of public executions.
As you well know, in the past six months we have published a series of articles in which we have revealed how the Operation "We Are The State", the increment of interests and the abuse of power of some key figures at the head of the Romanian State, created and perfected the route in which the “uncomfortable” persons who do not obey become, within a reasonable period of time, detained under ordinary law on charges of corruption.
I have told you how George Maior, Director of SRI (Romanian Intelligence Service), now Ambassador to Washington, Gen. Florian Coldea, former deputy head of SRI, Laura Codruta Kovesi, former Prosecutor General, now Chief Prosecutor of DNA, Gabriel Oprea, former Minister of Internal Affairs and National Defense, the people I met on the night of the presidential election in 2009 in the latter's house, set up a circle of power in which gravitated politicians, judges from the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Court of Appeal, prosecutors from the General Prosecutor's Office or DNA, journalists, members of NGOs, People in the leadership of key institutions such as the National Integrity Agency or the Competition Council.
We have reported about the weekly tennis matches from the SRI hidden villa, T14, where the above-mentioned persons participated and also about the feasts at the covered headquarters of the same intelligence service where, in an informal setting without any explanation of some institutional interest, the same actors took part. Actually, we are not talking about actors, but about people who had a very precise role in the parallel power mechanism.
I'll give you just two examples I have not written anything about before. Florian Coldea, SRI's first deputy, sent complaints about irregularities in the dignitaries' wealth declarations to ANI (the National Integrity Agency) in the form of a note that was subsequently returned. There is also a protocol between ANI and SRI according to the model between the prosecutor's offices and DNA. The file left ANI either directly by addressing the court or to the General Prosecutor's Office when there were indications of committing criminal offenses. Many of the ANI files were based on Gen. Florian Coldea / Maior’s complaints, complaints that could not be ignored, institutionally speaking.
Another example is related to an action initiated by the Competition Council against advertising companies, a highly publicized case, which has resulted in serious fines. I am in possession of clear testimonies that certify that this investigation started from a phone call given by Gen. Florian Coldea to a "subordinate" from the Competition Council, following a request of an advertising company owner with whom Florian Coldea closely collaborated at that time. It did not matter that there were involved prestigious advertising companies with American or European shareholders, but the local interest. It was an important piece of the Operation “We Are the State”.
Popoviciu, Adamescu, Ghita escaped this infernal mechanism. At least for the moment. They struggled not to enter the system wheels, because they know they have no chance. And the evidence of the implacable mechanism that has been built over the last decade does not cease to occur. A British journalist, David Clark, stubbornly wrote about the abuses of the parallel system: "In parallel with the investigation of some corruption cases, there are reasons to conclude that Romania's anti-corruption struggle has also provided a convenient coverage for influencing political scores and for serious violations of human rights, which show a disorder of the rule of law. Indeed, the methods commonly used in the investigation of corruption have a considerable degree of continuity with the practices and attitudes of the communist era. "
He has repeatedly said, including before the Helsinki Committee in Washington, "that the anti-corruption fight in Romania raises questions in five respects: