Haineala: Penal Code modifications, amnesty law, “a major setback


 

The former president of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), Oana Schmidt-Haineala says in an interview with “Romania libera” that the Parliament’s attempts to modify the Penal Code and the law of amnesty and pardon are worrying and “mark a major setback.” “Big corruption cannot be fought only by prosecutors and judges, there is also need for a legal framework, we need the instruments to do the job. We are waiting for the decision of the Constitutional Court due for January 15, when it will try the appeal filed by ICCJ on the constitutionality of the acts we talk about,” Haineala said. The CSM representative believes that the “attacks against the independence of justice” will appear in the Report of the European Commission on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), suggesting that it might also include in this context the statements of Premier Victor Ponta. “There is the erroneously accredited idea that the files regarding politicians are political files. This is false, they are regular files, only they refer to persons of the political class,” believes the former president of CSM.

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