The DVI director said that the institution can carry out its duties under the law and without these protocols. Hellvig pointed out that he has nothing to personally blame.
Full explanation from the head of SRI
"More than one and a half years in the public space the protocols that have been concluded between the SRI and other government institutions are discussed.
During this period there were several public trips – from the MVI – via press statements, press releases or interviews, in which we tried to explain the situation on this subject. However, I think it is necessary to make a few points because we have nothing to hide!
I remind you that in February last year I officially denounced all those controversial protocols and stopped an existing practice in the past.
What are these protocols? As I explained to the SRI Committee on 28 February 2017, I asked the institution from the outset whether these protocols were necessary. Can not we implement the law without protocols?
I was told that it was indeed possible, according to the law – but this was the traditional instrument and this was the framework by which we put into practice what is in the law.
We have an internal audit of all these collaboration protocols with other institutions. And we have decided to reject all protocols that are not imposed by law or CSAT decisions.
Immediately, in February 2017, we started a process of suing the protocols with the prosecutor's office and the judiciary.
There is no longer a protocol with regard to the implementation of justice in Romania.
About the two protocols that are discussed. Both were signed in December 2016. The first is a non-classified protocol that regulates the access of criminal investigation authorities to the technical infrastructure of the SRI. It is still in force and does not imply any involvement of SRI in the activity of the Public Prosecution Service. All these things have been brought to the attention of the SRI Audit Committee.
The chairman of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, who has the task of examining how this protocol should be applied, has also been informed of its existence.
The second protocol, which was classified, regulated the way in which SRI cooperates exclusively with the Ministry of Public Order on the violations relating to national security (referred to in Title 10 of the Code of Criminal Procedure) and terrorist crimes.
To be very clear, this classified protocol was required by the SRI law (Article 8). The legitimacy of this protocol can not be questioned – I hope that these clarifications have clarified this discussion in public space.
Why did I sign it? Because in OUG 6/2016 we were required to sign protocols at government institutions for the performance of our duties.
Why did I condemn him? As I have said before, the internal audit has taught us that we can exercise our powers under the law and without these protocols by guaranteeing the national security of Romania.
I have nothing to hide. It is a process of transparency and normality that I have initiated, even if the law does not oblige us to do so.
I want to assure you that my attempt to end all the protocols mentioned in the public space stems from the determination to ban all suspicions about the Romanian memory service's involvement in justice.
Finally, I would like to tell you three things:
I understand that it is said in public space that I have signed something illegal.
I hope that today's explanation was clear enough for every man of good faith.
You have to be totally broken by reality to accuse me of having something to hide from these protocols because I've ordered the audit of the protocols since I was a director before the subject is a public theme I have denounced the protocols relating to justice in Romania and started the process of declassification.
In the public space it was assumed that this protocol that I signed would be an abuse of the DVI. I understand very well what the abuse of the state is against civilians and I am determined to fight until the last day against all abuses, regardless of who they are doing.
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President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday in Sibiu that the secret protocol between the Supreme Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) and the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) was signed by General Attorney Augustin Lazar and head SRI, Eduard Helvig, that he "has all the confidence "in the two and do not think they have signed something illegal. "I do not expect any surprises," said Iohannis.
"Because it's a protocol signed by the Attorney General Augustin Lazar and Mr. Helvig, I have to tell you that I have every confidence in these two people and I do not think they have signed anything illegal," said Iohannis.
He said that "very, very detailed explanation will be given by lawyers". "I do not expect any surprises," says the head of state, News.ro writes.
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A protocol between the Supreme Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) and the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) on 7 December 2016 was published on Thursday by the adviser to PM Viorica Dăncilă, Darius Vâlcov, on his Facebook page.
The secret document, which provides for cooperation between the two institutions "to carry out their duties", has been signed by Augustin Lazar and Eduard Helvig.
SRI spokesman Ovidiu Marincea said that the protocol has been sued and that it has had no consequences.
PSV leader Liviu Dragnea says he was convinced that the illegal protocols between the DVI and the force institutions ceased to exist, but the press revealed Thursday that other protocols, and DVI, "confirmed by their reputation, they have recognized".
Dragnea says they have "the same loopholes" that allow the officer to slip into the criminal investigation, and criticizes the fact that General Attorney Augustin Lazar denied the question of whether such protocols existed.
The PSD leader claims that we are faced with a situation of unconstitutionality and urges the SRI committee to start an investigation urgently, and the judicial inspection to take action in this case.