The Judicial Inspection started on Monday the audit that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader asked to be carried out at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).
The audit will last until August 11, and afterward a report will be authored and forwarded to the Supreme Magistracy Council’s (CSM) Section for Prosecutors, which will analyse the results.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated, on July 3, that the anticorruption fight does not mean only the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), only the enforcement of punishments, but also the prevention of corruption and that, as minister, he sees not only the positive side but also the negative side, which consists of people being arrested and convicted, only to turn out they were innocent, which is a tragedy and a blemish on the judiciary. Toader pointed out he asked the Judicial Inspection to carry out an audit into the management of the DNA and of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ), institutions that have not been audited in 10 years.
“I believe the time for clarifications at the DNA has somehow arrived. Through that fairly ample report I presented, referring to the auditing of the way government emergency ordinance no.13 was probed, I sounded the alarm about the DNA’s activity and emphasised the imperative need for the DNA’s activity to take place within constitutional limits. We support with all conviction the continuation of the fight against corruption, but I’m asking you to note that the fight against corruption does not mean only the DNA, only the enforcement of punishments and convictions, hence, it primarily means the prevention of corruption crimes, with the penal norm set to be the last resort,” the Justice Minister stated on Monday.
He pointed out he asked the Judicial Inspection to verify the managerial activity at the DNA and the PICCJ, institutions not audited in 10 years.
“I’ve notified the CSM’s Judicial Inspection to carry out audits of substance into the managerial activity at the DNA, on one hand, and at the Public Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICCJ [High Court of Cassation and Justice], on the other hand, because no audits of substance into the managerial activity have been carried out at the two authorities since 2007. (…) An institution not to be verified, audited, in ten years… I don’t know if that’s quite all right, this being the reason why I notified the Judicial Inspection; the verifications are ongoing, I’m looking forward to the conclusions of the audit,” the minister said.
Tudorel Toader expressed his hope that the audit will show “that we do not have selective justice” and that the chronology of solving cases is based on the dates on which the cases are registered.