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EC justice report ‘to be released today’

The European Commission’s intermediate justice monitoring report will come out today and Romania badly needs to give a credible signal about its commitment to fight corruption, President Traian Basescu said in an interview to the public radio yesterday. His comments first of all referred to the case of ruling Democrat Liberal Party Deputy Dan Pasat, who is probed for blackmail and other corruption deeds. Earlier this week, Parliament failed to approve anticorruption prosecutors’ request to strip Pasat of immunity so as to allow his being remanded. Basescu voiced disappointment in PDL after the vote, while several Democrat Liberals and the Institute for Public Policies asked Pasat to resign his MP position. “Like all Romanians, I have little confidence in parties and the Pasat case is an example. I asked the main party responsible (e.n. to give a favourable vote) and nothing happened. (…) The justice monitoring report will come out on Friday. And we need it like air to see the Pasat case in justice and to remove suspicions that we have a Superior Magistracy Council that lacks credibility,” Basescu said. The head of state added that Parliament is again in a difficult situation and the EC report will probably note that MPs block “access to justice” or even note that the Parliament vote “shows the lack of political will.”

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