The association of the "Grand National Lodge of Romania" (MLNR) is faced with a wave of departures. More than 2,000 of its members, most of them civil servants, left the MLNR after the DNA prosecutors in Oradea a lawsuit against Chief Liviu Popa, the former head of the IPJ Bihor, and Judge Ovidiu Galea of the Bihor Court, both members of the Association, according to sources cited by Adevărul.
The two are accused of fake statements in a case where several police officers in the IPJ Bihor were charged with corruption. The case is being dealt with in the Timişoara Court of Appeal, according to adevarul.ro.
Although according to the law they have to declare their affiliation with the MLNR, neither Popa nor Galea have made mention of their declarations of interest. According to the Adevărul, citing telephone taps, testimonials from other Masons and documents, the two would be part of the Land of Crişuri Lodge, Liviu Popa is a freemason from 2007, and Mason Mason in 2009, while Ovidiu Galea filed in 2014. "The oath of the student ". None of them mentioned membership in freemasonry in the 2008-2016 declaration of interests.
"Judges and prosecutors are required to supplement their membership of associations, foundations or other non-governmental organizations, including Freemasons, within the interests of art." 5 par. 2 of Act No. 303/2004 on the status of judges and prosecutors, "says a decision of the Supreme Council for Magistracy.
One of those who recently left the brickwork is the city manager of Oradea, Dacian Palladi, member of the MLNR since 1998, and member of the Land of the Criss Lodge, who made statements as a witness in the spring of this year, in the case of Liviu Popa and Ovidiu Galea.