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September 25, 2021

US officials come to Morar’s defence

US Ambassador to Bucharest Mark Gitenstein stated yesterday in an interview for hotnews.ro that the Supreme Magistracy Council’s (CSM) notification in the case of Daniel Morar, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA), is “very confusing.” “He didn’t say or do anything different than what the authorities responsible with the continuous verification and cooperation mechanism said in their reports on the judicial system – or what I myself said about it. He argues that there is a need for more efficiency and more certainty in court decisions and in the way in which trials are taking place and that there are shortcomings in the way in which the judicial system works. So I don’t know how these things can determine an investigation, I believe it’s extremely confusing,” the US Ambassador said according to HotNews. Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice, who is currently in Romania, came to Morar’s defence too. The American official met the DNA’s chief prosecutor, stating that he was pleasantly impressed and will back Morar in his steps. “I visited him because he has a remarkable reputation. (…) I talked about his position in general and I have to tell you that – and I never met him before – I was extremely, extremely impressed. I offered to help him with everything I can or with everything the State Department can,” Breuer stated, being quoted by Hotnews.

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