The controls were ordered following the statements of PM Ponta about justice and the sentencing of Adrian Nastase.
After the Judiciary Inspection of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) announced that it will conduct verifications at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) following the statements of PM Victor Ponta on the independence of justice, in the case of the sentencing of former premier Adrian Nastase, Council officials announced that the verifications will not be made at the two institutions and only the statements of the prime minister will be verified.
“We took note of the political statements made recently, especially that of Premier Victor Ponta. That statement we referred to mainly has two aspects. The statement about a possible political sentence, where I see no connection, but we wait to see what the Judiciary Inspection will say. The second matter evoked by the premier is that fact that only one side of the political stage passed through the filter of justice. This, too, seemed to us very important to check. Apparently we are at the middle of a political battle, in relation to the political events that will take place in 2014, and we, the justice, must stay away from them. The verification will not be made at DNA or ICCJ and we will only verify the statements of the premier,” CSM member Horatiu Dumbrava said on Realitatea TV.
As for the new president of CSM, Adrian Bordea claimed on Wednesday that the Section for judges did not infringe the competence of the section for prosecutors when it demanded the Judiciary Inspection to verify the prosecutors’ offices, also the DNA. Yesterday he said that it was the Section for prosecutors, led by magistrate Gheorghe Muscalu that requested the control on the celerity with which prosecutors’ offices solve some cases.
“Initially, the Section for prosecutors did not have the legal quorum and then I discussed with Mr. Muscalu: it would be alright if we, the Section for judges, started this thing. Later, they were able to muster the quorum and made the decision which you saw, without clearly specifying what control it was about,” Bordea said, quoted by EVZ.ro. In retort, the vice-president of CSM, chief of the Section for prosecutors Gheorghe Muscalu strongly denies ordering a control at the DNA. “We demanded verifications about the independence of justice and in defence of the reputation of DNA prosecutors. I took into consideration the statements of the premier on the Silaghi case and the other, with the power transformer, Relu Fenechiu, of which the prime minister said that, if they were not ministers in his cabinet, they would not have been the object of these files. This is not real! Prosecutors make their cases based on the acts that were committed, not on persons!” he mentioned, according to the same source.
In a different move, reactions continue to appear after the sentencing of former social-democrat premier Adrian Nastase. The former PM was paid a visit Thursday, at the penitentiary, by his wife and two boys, with the eldest son, Andrei saying that he is still shocked by the condemnation of his father to four years of prison and this is a bad dream. Asked if they expected a verdict that would send his father to prison, Andrei Nastase said that they tried being prepared for this variant too. “We were expecting things to go well, as everyone would have wished. That’s it,” Andrei Nastase added, quoted by Mediafax.
PSD Senator Mircea Geoana said Wednesday about the sentencing of former premier Adrian Nastase that “there is a sentiment of an injustice” committed against someone who did something for the country. “At the same time, we must say that justice is independent and its decision must be respected. Like it or not, we live under the rule of law and we must let the justice the right to give the truth,” the social-democrat senator mentioned. Referring to the statements made by the honorary president of PSD Ion Iliescu, Senator Mircea Geoana added that he is a cool-headed person who “has seen many” and who, his very personal way, “summed up a situation.” Asked to comment the words of PM Victor Ponta about the same subject, Geoana said that there is a difference of situations between a party leader who must defend his colleagues and “someone else, who is somehow more relaxed and has the luxury of making perhaps different comments.”
PSD vice-president Gheorghe Nichita claims that he is close to Adrian Nastase after his sentencing, as he, too was harassed in Iasi, because some wanted him escorted out of the mayor’s office in handcuffs.