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In an interview for ‘Revista 22’, the First Deputy Prosecutor General of Romania, Daniel Morar, says the manner in which Cristi Danilet and Alina Ghica have been recalled as members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) is ‘a warning as tough as it can be’: ‘Unless you do it our way, we will recall you’. ‘It’s sad that CSM supported such position,’ Morar says.In the interview, he appears very pessimistic about the future work of CSM, a body that, in his opinion, will be ‘extremely comfortable to the political power’ and ‘will not respond to politicians’ attacks or will, but months later, when no one even remembers what the politician’s statement was.’ Daniel Morar believes the CSM took ‘an extremely correct’ position in the summer of 2012, amidst the political crisis generated by the attempted impeachment of President Traian Basescu, being one of the ‘institutions that saved the rule of law in Romania’, ‘all thanks to Danilet, Mrs. Ghica and Mrs. Haineala, and not to the other CSM members’ who ‘kept silent all that time’. In the same interview, Morar criticises the activity of CSM in 2011, when it was led by Horatiu Dumbrava, who, according to him, had ‘an absolutely mediocre term, a man who resolved absolutely nothing in 2011’ , ‘a man who totally spoiled his term’. He even speaks of a war waged by ‘Mr. Dumbrava’s faction’, supporting ‘worse candidates than the previous ones’. CSM made an unprecedented move last week, recalling two of its members – Judges Alina Ghica and Cristi Danilet – the courts that had elected them on the Council having voted to dismiss them over their conduct by wide majority.
Judge Neacsu, under criminal investigation
Judge Adrian Neacsu said, after the DNA questioning on Tuesday, that he had been put under criminal investigation and that ‘what was probably intended from the very beginning, namely my suspension as a member of CSM, is about to happen in a matter of days, it a mere formality’. ‘It’s a good day for a DNA progress report, as it has managed to suspend yet another CSM member’, Judge Neacsu is quoted by Hotnews.ro as having said. Neacsu says he gave a very extensive deposition, giving all the required explanations, but, ‘unfortunately, the DNA prosecutors didn’t even take a look at my statement’. ‘I have a deep regret that a solution could not be found today to stop all the abuse in this case’, the judge said, adding that the charges brought against him concerned his unaccounted for absences from the CSM building. ‘It is all about the fact that, last year, during my long monitoring, they identified an allegedly unjustified high number of absences from work, DNA prosecutors claim, absences for which I supposedly benefited from indemnity owed to CSM members. (…) There are no settlements and no fictitious travels whatsoever,’ he explained. Mediafax quotes judicial sources as having said that DNA prosecutors have set in motion criminal investigations against Judge Adrian Neacsu, which may lead to his suspension as a CSM member.