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What the newspapers say: September 11, 2009

de C.B.     HotNews.ro
Vineri, 11 septembrie 2009, 2:08 English | Press Review

The Mineriads Victims Association filed a request for penal investigations against Romania's incumbent president Trian Basescu. Elsewhere in the news, the State Employees Alliance wants to shut down Romania on October 5. Last but not least, Romania sent a Letter of request to the US Government, making an offer for second hand F-16 multirol planes built by Lockheed Martin company.

The Mineriads Victims Association filed a request for penal investigations against Romania's incumbent president Trian Basescu, accusing him of abusing his role in the detriment of people's interests and of favouring the criminal, Adevarul reads. The announcement comes after president Basescu ordered that prosecutor Dan Voinea, forced to retire after Basescu himself requested his sacking because of the "grave deviations in handling the June 1990 mineriads", publicly called for his reinstatement as prosecutor of the case.

The complaint is also signed by representatives of Baricada Inter ‘89 Association, the Truth and Justice Association, the Independent Group for Democracy, the Students' League Seniors, and the Association for Defending the Stateless and Refugees Rights. The complaint indicates that the gesture represent a grave interference with the act of justice, cancelling the separations of powers principle and showing a contradictory behaviour of the President.

The complaint also shows that Dan Voinea's several years’ activity represented a significant form of Romanian justice corruption, directly involved in saving Romania's ex-President Ion Iliescu and his collaborators "from penal responsibility in the case of the 1990 mineriad".   

The State Employees Alliance wants to shout down Romania on October 5, Gandul reads. Union Federations have joined to form the State Employee Alliance, whose aim is to impeach the Government to take responsibility for the new unique income scheme on September 15. The Alliance will target the Government and the Parliament with protests on September 15, go on a one-day general strike on October 5 and start an unlimited strike in November, close to the day of the first presidential elections round.

The Alliance is made up by unions from the Education department, Health, Local Administration, Finance clerks, Police and prison workers. They will coordinate their actions with the Magistrates' protests. Magistrates say they cannot go on strike, but they will protest against those who promoted quickly an erroneous law. The Alliance was set up after PM Emil Boc announced on Wednesday evening, September 10, that the Government will still negotiate the final version of the law with the unions until September 15.

Romania sent a Letter of request to the US Government, making an offer for second hand F-16 multirol planes built by Lockheed Martin company, Evenimentul Zilei informs. Romania is interested in acquiring 24 used F-16 planes, which will cost them around 20.7 million dollars each, as opposed to 4 billion, the total amount they would have to pay for new ones.

The planes are to "expire" in 10 years, when Romania will be conveniently interested in F-35, a model made available from 2020, made by the same producer. But the money will go not to the company, but to the US Government. Resort minister Mihai Stanisoara said on Tuesday that all five companies interested to sell Romania multirol planes - Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, EADS and Dassault - have equal chances, but the offer has only been made for F-16.

According to Evenimentul Zilei sources, the price will be paid not so much for the planes, but for repairs, refurbishment, and engine and ammunition replacements, made by American companies. The offer for multirol planes seems to have been made while Calin Popescu Tariceanu was still PM, and who would have preferred Grippen, produced by SAAB, but Basescu has always preferred F-16. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced in May 2008 a possible military equipment trade with Romania, "which could amount to 4.5 billion dollars". It suggests the Americans were expecting Romania to buy new planes.


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