Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Romanian president accused of slap

A lawyer claims Romanian president Traian Basescu, pictured, slapped him (AP)

A Romanian lawyer claims the country's president slapped him on the face and has filed a complaint on the alleged assault.

Lawyer Daniel Chitic claims that president Traian Basescu hit him in August after an exchange of words outside a restaurant on the Black Sea. Realitatea TV showed the complaint filed against Mr Basescu and three guards on its website.

Mr Chitic says he said "Shame on you" as the president left the restaurant. He claims Mr Basescu called him "an idiot" and then slapped him on the face.

The president's office denied that Mr Basescu hit Mr Chitic, but confirmed that a person insulted the president that night.

It is unlikely there will be a trial because the president enjoys immunity while in office.

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