PM Orban welcomes DIICOT decision in August 10 rally case:Prosecutors, judges - bound to find out the truth

Chairman of the National Liberal Party, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, welcomes the decision of the management of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) to reverse the closing of the "August 10" protest rally case, stating that the prosecutors and judges have a "moral and legal obligation" to find out and present the truth. The Prime Minister considers that the truth about the incidents of August 10, 2018 in Victoriei Square must be established in court, ie by a court invested with this right, therefore he appreciates the decision to continue the investigation, a release reads. "It is inadmissible that almost two years after the violent events in Victoriei Square, the Romanians have not yet found out the truth about the persons in charge who coordinated and ordered the repression of a rally that had begun peacefully. The Romanian citizens and the judiciary don't need yet another case with the same fate as the miners' rampage and the 1989 Revolution cases. The prosecutors and judges have a moral and legal obligation to find out and present the truth. Justice must be done to the thousands of people who have suffered following those incidents and the citizens have the right to know exactly on whose order they have been gassed and beaten on August 10, 2018," Orban underlines. According to the cited source, the declassification of the report on the events of August 10, 2018 has been one of the priorities of the Ludovic Orban Government since its coming to rule. "The Ministry of the Interior has carried out this task, given that the representatives of the previous government kept the report classified, although the investigators repeatedly requested the declassification of the information. Moreover, steps have been taken to declassify the discussions of the gendarmes via radio communication on the two days - August 10 and 11. The brutal repression of a peaceful demonstration by the police must not go unpunished," the release states. DIICOT chief prosecutor Giorgiana Hosu partially reversed today the decision of closing the "August 10" case and ordered the reopening of the criminal investigation against the former chiefs of the Gendarmerie. AGERPRES (RO - author: Daniel Florea, editor: Georgiana Tanasescu; EN - author/editor: Simona Klodnischi)

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