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Cristi Danilet and Alina Ghica’s Council membership revocation also put off.
The Superior Council al Magistracy (CSM) yesterday deferred to a later date its vice-president election proceedings following a request from Adrian Bordea, the sole contender for the position, on grounds that the lengthy procedure would prevent several Council members from attending the summing-up sessions at the courts and prosecutor’s offices they belong to. A decision was also put off on the revocation from CSM of judges Cristi Danilet and Alina Ghica, which, according to luju.ro, is a serious violation of the law, as the deadline by which the two judges should have been revokd lapsed by 15 days. According to the quoted source, the CSM head, prosecutor Oana Haineala, and her allies in the Council, managed at yesterday’s plenum session of CSM to defer the topics on the session’s agenda referring to the revocation of the two judges, by putting forth an awkward proposal for the institution and in defiance of the vote by the over 1,600 judges nationwide to revoke judges Cristi Danilet and Alina Ghica. The reason invoked for the delay is that the viewpoint of CSM, General Secretary Roza Marcu on the so-called revocation voting illegalities should also be sent to the CSM Working Commission no 2 to check on those aspects, despite the law clearly stipulating that the CSM plenum can order the revocation on the basis of the judges’ votes, and a working commission has no competence whatsoever to have its say on the issue at stake. The same source also holds that during the plenum session, the press access was not allowed into the hall, although the law stipulates that the Council sessions are public.
The proposal made by the Haineala “faction” to put off the revocation being put to vote led to several CSM members and representatives of professional organizations and judges at the Cluj Court of Appeal and Ramnicu Valcea Court of Law <the two courts of law that initiated the revocation proceedings against Alinei Ghica and Cristi Danilet>, also in the hall, to take a stand and even reproach President Oana Haineala and her supporters their postponing the revocation. “The deadline has lapsed by 15 days already! The 15 day deadline is imperative! It is solely the CSM’s fault that the deadline was not complied with!”, luju.ro quoted judge and CSM member Horatius Dumbrava as saying. “The CSM delays the revocation! It was predictable!”, judge Madalina Afrasinei, a representative of the Romanian National Judges Union (UNJR), said, who also blamed the CSM’s lack of transparency.