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May 6, 2021

Kovesi: ‘We do not investigate people based on their political affiliation’

The Prosecutor General of Romania Laura Codruta Kovesi said in an interview with RFI that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court (High Court for Cassation and Justice) does not investigate people based on their political affiliation. The reaction comes after Senate speaker Mircea Geoana accused ANI of acting on political command. The National Agency of Integrity (ANI) asked the Prosecutor’s Office to probe the PSD leader for irregularities in his wealth statement. ANI took a similar stance in the case of Liberal Eugen Nicolaescu, but also of Democrat-Liberal Sorina Placinta. The head of the Public Ministry, Kovesi declared that there are “real chances” for the European Commission to cease monitoring the Romanian justice, because “real progress” has been made, and “the efficiency increased.”

“I can only speak on behalf of the Public Ministry and DNA (National Anti-corruption Department), but I can tell you that we think there are real chances. During the last two years, monitoring reports pointed to real progress in the two institutions of the Prosecutor’s Office. This monitoring however also depends on the other institutions of the judiciary system, the Superior Council of Magistracy and the Justice Ministry, but as far as the Public Ministry is concerned, at least the last two country reports show that real progress has been made. The priorities set for last year also include the fight against small corruption. As far as the Public Ministry is concerned, I hope the monitoring will cease this year, because the efficiency in this activity segment has increased, following the measures implemented last year.”

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