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August 15, 2022

Kovesi: Some politicians instigated the population against prosecutors

The prosecutor general of Romania, Laura Codruta Kovesi, said Wednesday in an interview with Realitatea TV that some politicians instigated the population against prosecutors through their public statements, in the context of probes that followed the criminal complaints regarding the July 29 referendum. According to Kovesi, such statements put a serious pressure on prosecutors’ activity. She also voiced her concern over the fact that people with serious dignities in the state “are constantly attacking the prosecutors and their activity.” “For those who forgot, I want to remind that prosecutors are independent. (…) These probes will go on,” Kovesi said, quoted by Mediafax.
The prosecutor general also mentioned Victor Ponta, whom she said could have obtained information about the activity of prosecutors, in his position of interim minister of Justice. “I am surprised that he did not do this when such statement surfaced in the public space,” she said. She added that she was never told by a politician how to conduct a probe, and she would have made any such attempt public. Kovesi mentioned that she will not resign before October 2, when her second consecutive mandate as prosecutor general will end.

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