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January 23, 2022
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Prosecutor General urges Parliament to lift Borbely’s immunity

Romania’s General Prosecutor Codruta Kovesi stated yesterday that submitting evidence that concerns former Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely will not be possible until anticorruption prosecutors obtain the Parliament’s consent for the start of criminal proceedings. Asked whether the investigation will be rendered difficult by the fact that the vote in Parliament was postponed, Kovesi hinted that this case is not unique, pointing out that there were cases in which this procedure “lasted up to six months.” “In some cases, such as the case of MP Mihail Boldea, it lasted only 24 hours though,” the General Prosecutor stated, being quoted by Mediafax. On the other hand, Laszlo Borbely stated that he regrets that the Lower Chamber did not discuss the prosecutors’ request because it lacked a quorum, reiterating that he is innocent. “I am innocent and I want this debate to be clarified in Parliament as soon as possible, because I will state my point of view on this case. (…) So, at this moment I expect the Parliament to meet and decide as soon as possible,” UDMR’s Vice President added.

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