Why this story matters:
Dragnea, who recently consolidated his grip on power by securing the leadership of Romania's ruling political party, is under a lot of scrutiny this month.
An investigative report revealed that Brazilian prosecutors are considering charging him for buying properties with dirty money.
Meanwhile, the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate has already filed two cases of fraud against him.
He is accused of misusing EU funds and creating an organized criminal group.
Victor Ponta's statement is therefore unlikely to come as a surprise to Romanians, but it added to the mounting pressure to declassify confidential intelligence about Dragnea, which would reveal the truth of the matter and possibly administer a deathblow to his political career.
Details from the story:
- Victor Ponta is a former chief of the leading party PSD. He also served as Romanian Prime Minister. In the past, he too was accused of corruption.
- In a recent interview, he claimed that Liviu Dragnea is involved in a group of interests from both Romania and abroad, especially Israel, Hungary and Russia. He claimed that Dragnea signed up an agreement that will give the group wide access to the Black Sea gas resources. He believes that other state companies and resources are in danger too, such as Hidroelectrica, Otopeni Bucharest Airport and Transgaz.
- PM Viorica Dancila asked for the declassification of SRI protocols, which are the basis of DNA's investigation against Dragnea.
- President Iohannis claims that neither himself nor the Supreme Defense Council (CSAT) can declassify them, according to the law.