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PDL MEP Cristian Preda says on his blog that judges Alina Ghica and Cristi Danilet are ‘today’s victims of a sort of velvet totalitarianism’ and the propagandistic machine will be effective whenever USL directs its attention to a rule of law defender. ‘The political mobilisation called by USL against Alina Ghica and Cristi Danilet has paid off. Bullied by the constant pressure put with the help of the party media, the magistrates finally executed the two. I am convinced that USL will keep up the pressure. The propagandistic machine and voluntary servitude will be effective whenever USL leaders set their eyes on some defender of the rule of law,’ Preda states on his blog. He reminds that, in the late 1940s, ‘the communists threw in jail the rule of law advocates’. ‘Now, USL prefers public stigmatisation and ousting. Ghica and Danilet are today’s victims of some sort of velvet totalitarianism. Who will come next tomorrow?’ Preda adds. Judges Cristi Vasilica Danilet and Alina Nicoleta Ghica were recalled as members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) on Tuesday. It is the first time that a CSM member is dismissed following a request made by general assemblies of judges in the country. The General Assembly of Judges from the Ramnicu Valcea Court House on January 7 set in motion the procedure for recalling judge Cristi Danilet as a CSM member. A similar action was initiated on January 10 at the Cluj Court of Appeal, this time for dismissing Alina Ghica who was representing the Courts of Appeal on the Council. On the other hand, ex-Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu on Tuesday accused Alina Ghica and Cristi Danilet of disregarding the will of the judges who had recalled them from the Council, just as President Basescu had ignored the millions of Romanians who wanted him gone. ‘You cannot cling on to one’s chair like that, just because you have been given an order from a politician to block the activity of the Council’. Tudor Chiuariu told RFI that judges Alina Ghica and Cristi Vasilica Danilet had applied ‘the Basescu recipe’, refusing to take note of the will of the more than 1,600 judges who had voted to recall them as the president had ignored the votes of 7.4 million Romanians who wanted him dismissed’.