Diana Șoșoacă is a Romanian senator who thinks she is being persecuted because she is against Covid-19 vaccines. She is also in a controversy for having allegedly sequestered a team of Italian journalists.
On December 16, Romanian senator Diana Șoșoacă claims a theft took her briefcase in the Parliament building.
Inside the bag was a tablet that allows her to vote and have access to password-protected state institutions and her laptop, which contains draft legislative initiatives.
All magistrates have the same briefcase and someone could have taken it by mistake, ProTv News reports.
While the investigation team had not made any conclusion yet, Diana Șoșoacă still suggested this was part of a conspiracy to denigrate her. And she suspects secret services have stolen the bag.
Diana Șoșoacă a vocal antivax Romanian senator
"It seems to me that everything is sewn with white thread, including this attempt to denigrate me, through so-called international journalists", she told media.
In fact, the missing parliamentary bag comes as Diana Șoșoacă has been at the center of a controversy this week. She is accused of having sequestered a team of Italian journalists.
On December 12, Lucia Goracci, a journalist from the Italian broadcast Rai 1, and her team went to Bucharest to interview the senator about her position on the Covid-19 vaccine. Romania and Bulgaria are the two countries with the lowest vaccination rates against Covid-19 in the European Union.
Diana Șoșoacă is a vocal anti Covid-19 vaccine voice and strongly against restrictions related to the pandemic. She considers there is no death and no pandemic and that there will be a Nuremberg II, referring to the trials for Nazi's crimes against humanity during WWII.
In September, she violently prevented people from getting vaccinated. She also wore a sort of muzzle for the 30 years of Romanian Constitution as a form of protest against the government. In November, a Romanian representative called the police because she wasn't wearing a facemask in the building and was fined 500 lei (US$114) according to Romanian media.
In a controversy for allegedly having sequestered Italian journalists
The interview with Lucia Goracci didn't go well. As the Italian journalist challenged her sayings, the senator said she was "with God and the truth" and considered the journalist was pro-government, Lucia Goracci recalls in an interview.
According to the Italian journalist, the senator stopped the interview and asked them to leave her office. But she would then come ahead and lock the doors so that they don't go out. The senator called the police reporting the team for trespassing. "I'm calling because people broke into my office and are threatening me", the video from the Italian journalists show.
The senator questioned Lucia Goracci's true profession and repeatedly asked "who are you?" in the video recorded by the senator from her phone. To that, Lucia Goracci answers "I am a journalist".
“Erase the video. This is my office, you are not allowed to film here. I told you I would answer three questions, not to film here or there in my office. We agreed with three questions. Now, this is an insult for me as a senator of Romania, and you will pay for this", the senator tells the crew.
And she later adds that “this is my office, this is my territory. You are not allowed to film everything you want.”
At some point, Lucia Goracci was able to escape after someone came in. As the rest of the team was sill inside, she came back with the police.
The senator's husband also tried to confiscate the journalist's phone while she was filming. He also allegedly whispered to their Romanian translator "we will find you". People from the senator's side would have told the team they would be thrown out of the window.
The senator told the police they stole documents from her
Police then ended up going with the team of journalists at the police station. The journalists went to file a complaint but they were questioned and searched.
Lucia Goracci didn't accept the report written by the police. The police then didn't accept to release the team who called the Italian embassy to get out. Romania's police kept the team until the Italian ambassador of Romania intervened and managed to let them go out after several hours.
Police defended themselves at a press conference on Wednesday and justified they searched them because the senator complained the team was in possession of drugs and that they may have stolen documents in the office of her law firm. Search proved unfruitful and "accusations resulted to be unfounded", the police spokesperson explained.
At the request of Italian authorities, an investigation has been launched by Romania to determine the details of the incident and stressed out the country remained "deeply committed to protect freedom of press", according to the ministry of Foreign Affairs statement. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă claimed that the incident was unacceptable.
Authorities investigate charges against the senator for having sequestered the journalists. Her husband is also charged for having assaulted a police officer during the altercation.
Diana Șoșoacă claims to be a victim of conspiracy, fearing for her life
The senator feels she and her family is being lynched. Diana Șoșoacă claimed this was part of an international conspiracy led by Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, because she is against vaccination campaigns.
She also feared that if the prosecutor for the case about her husband had required to bring him to the police station, he would have been killed and would have ended up in a bag.
The senator also said she was attacked because some politicians provide her with sensitive information. "I have information, which, if I gave it to you now, would destroy part of the European Union and part of NATO. That's why I'm being attacked this way."
On December 15, the Senator told the Romanian version of Sputnik, a Russian state-owned news agency, that she will run for Romania's presidential elections in 2024. She also said she would be elected with more than 50% of votes directly in the first round.
But she also considered she needed three conditions to run and win the elections: "to be healthy, free and alive".