The Bucharest Court of Appeal rejected Dan Voinea’s petition for the annulment of the presidential decree which released him from the office of deputy chief prosecutor of the Military Prosecution Department, according to Agerpres. The ruling is not final, and Voinea will be able to appeal. On May 29, 2009, Voinea sued the President’s Office and the High Council of Magistrates (CSM), calling on judges to annul the decree signed on May 25, 2009, by President Traian Basescu, releasing him from office, in view of retirement. The head of state took this step, after CSM’s Prosecuting Department approved the request of the minister of Justice, Catalin Predoiu, to suspend the general-major magistrate Voinea from the position of deputy chief prosecutor of the Military Prosecution Department, following irregularities found by inspectors in the latter’s activity. Voinea’s suspension was made at the request of the general prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, who found irregularities in the investigation of the Revolution and Miners’ Protests. After his suspension, Voinea tried to get back into judiciary as civil prosecutor, but CSM denied his petition.