Macovei: The lighter penalties for corruption had a destination

Former Justice minister Monica Macovei, who is running now for the European Parliament on behalf of the Liberal Democratic Party, believes that the lighter penalties set by the draft Penal Code “had a destination, were aimed at people indicted in cases of corruption and fraud. I don’t accept the argument that judges give light penalties and then why should we put it heavier in the code. Where corruption exists, there is no place for good governance, all relationships are faulted. In our case, the public danger is considered to exist, usually, only in the case of violent crimes. Corruption isn’t regarded as dangerous to public order,” Macovei tells an interview with Evenimentul Zilei. She admits that she would have refused to be part of a government formed jointly with PSD, because this party turned corruption into an art, but said she joined PDL because she chose ‘to make European policy.’

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