Justice Ministry denies Bica’s nomination for Prosecutor General

Official sources quoted by Mediafax  gave as sure the appointment of Alina Bica – a former justice state secretary during the Democrat-Liberal regime and currently an adviser to the head of the Dirctorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), Codrut Olaru – as Romania’s Prosecutor General. She would succeed Codruta Kovesi, whose term of office expires On October 2.  The Justice Ministry (MJ) however denied the information, adding that the nominations for Public Ministry leadership positions will be made as a result of transparent proceedings. “All the relevant information circulating in the mass-media are not according to reality,” according to a communique issued by the MJ Press Bureau yesterday. The quoted source stated that Justice Minister Mona Pivniceru has held no meeting with DIICOT prosecutor Alina Bica or with other prosecutors to discuss a potential nomination for the post of prosecutor general or that of chief prosecutor of the  National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA). Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean a former justice minister, however maintains that Alina Bica is “a highly professional person “ and “with a very sound experience in the field”. Alina Bica was justice state secretary during Jan 21 2009 – May 7, 2012, when she was transferred from DIICOT. After the Mihai Razvan Ungureanu-led government was toppled in non-confidence vote last May, Alina Bica, a DIICOT prosecutor, was named adviser to the DIICOT chief prosecutor, Codrut Olaru.

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