The detention of a prosecutor general is a traumatic event for him, for other prosecutors. The very act of justice, trust in the law and justice, as well as trust in the ruling Party is traumatized if the law is not respected in the process of dismissal and detention. Violating the law in the case of a General Prosecutor is a sad and worrying act. But today I will allow myself to draw attention to those who are sadder than the General Prosecutor, to those who have become extremely sad because of the General Prosecutor. When do we worry about them?
This week, we came across a criminal mechanism for fabricating criminal files by using illegal methods and prohibited substances. These cases involved policemen, prosecutors, and agents of state institutions that faked rapes and poured dangerous substances into drinks so that the person was accused of a rape that did not take place. The revelations in Gheorghe Petic’s case are perhaps more serious than the theft of the billion. Can you imagine that the legal system, the system that has to defend every citizen, is ready to pour every uncomfortable person something into tea, wine, or brandy to make the person guilty of crimes? Do you realize how terrible any victim of a real rape was hit by this case? But how many other people have been poured the criminal liquid into coffee, soup, in life, and nobody heard them?
One of the accusations related to the injustice caused to Stoianoglo by the operation on the evening of October 5th is that he was detained just before his press conference. Yes, it’s outrageous. But he held briefings all the summer, speaking about everything he wanted and how much he wanted, and now, when he was to say something important – he was no longer allowed to do it! And it looks like obstruction of justice, doesn’t it?
I want indeed to attend a press conference of Alexandr Stoianoglo, a good, long one, in which journalists would ask questions and he would answer. But before that, it would be fair to offer the right to a first press conference to thousands of detained, arrested, abusively convicted people about whom we know nothing.
How many press conferences had the convicted women who live far from their families and children at the Rusca penitentiary? Did those convicted of economic and financial crimes had the chance to tell about their bosses that remained at large, and they, as accountants, were found guilty of theft while others benefit from it. Maybe they would have told how those who stole the billion have fun with that money in European capitals, while they spend years in prison for frauds of several thousand lei or euros. How many convicted women would tell in conferences that by defending themselves from alcoholic and abusive husbands, and not being defended by local police and prosecutors, they used their last weapon – violence against the abuser. They would tell how the aggressors remained free, as well as that those in the law enforcement agencies do nothing for them or thousands of other victims.
A very good press conference could take place at the juvenile penitentiary in Goian, where teenagers would tell how they were neglected by families and the system for years so that the last source of survival in this world became theft, violence, robbery.
The other prisons would also have good press conferences: men arrested and convicted of a stolen chicken or a sack of wheat. How many of them would like to go out to the conference to say how they had no lawyers, how they did not have money to defend themselves, how they were asked to pay bribes to escape from prison, or how they were subjected to torture.
I think an interesting press conference would be at the police, with people mutilated by physical and mental torture. The prosecutor’s office is full of press conference-worthy topics, a kind of marathon would be possible there. So that not only Stoianoglo participates, but also the crowds that were investigated by violating laws.
If in Stoianoglo’s case the law is misapplied, it is a stain on the current Government that has promised transparency, justice, and fairness for all. If the law is misapplied to Stoianoglo and other prosecutors, police officers, or judges, it is because they have brought the system to a point where it seems that it is no longer possible to get out correctly, respecting the legal norms.
It is crucial and mandatory to apply the law correctly for everyone. If it is impossible for everyone, then we should apply the law correctly starting from the most disadvantaged: children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, people who do not have money for lawyers, etc. Then we get to prosecutors, judges, ministers, oligarchs. The latter has the advantage of knowing the law, of getting the best lawyers, of buying their freedom. We need to be equally concerned for those sadder than the General Prosecutor.