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June 25, 2022

President Basescu rejects the nominations of Nitu and Irimie

President Traian Basescu rejected Friday the proposals of nominating Tiberiu Nitu and Ioan Irimie for the offices of general prosecutor and respectively chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), sent by the minister of Justice at the end of last year. “The main reason that justified the decision (…) is the lack of transparency of the selection process organised by the Ministry of Justice, which was not stimulating so that to determine more prosecutors with good performances to enter the selection process,” reads a press release posted on the site of the Presidential Administration. The head of state “warns that, in order to accept in the future the proposals made by the minister of Justice it is necessary to completely revise the procedure of selecting the prosecutors that will be proposed for leading offices in the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) and in the DNA,” adds the source.Answering this, USL co-president Crin Antonescu said that the head of state is allowed by the Constitution to reject the proposals of chief prosecutors, adding that he is not surprised by Basescu’s decision, but he is reserved about the motivation invoked by the president. “Everybody would have expected the reason for the rejection to be the negative opinion given by CSM (on November 22; the opinion is consultative and the president has the final say) rather than <<the lack of transparency of the selection process>>,” Antonescu said on Realitatea TV. PSD spokesman Catalin Ivan said the president does not want anyone to be appointed at ICCJ in the near future, as he relates the nomination of the chiefs of the two institutions to the revision of the law, which cannot be made hastily. “Traian Basescu knows very well that it takes a long time to revise a law, this cannot be made on the run, it must be put on public debate and needs much consideration, so he is pleased with the interim holders of these offices and does not want to appoint anyone instead,” the Social-Democrat said, quoted by Mediafax. Like Antonescu, Ivan too considers that the president’s decision to reject the two proposals could be easily foreseen: “What happened at the CSM, the public execution of the two, instead of hearings, clearly showed the intentions of Traian Basescu. We knew and expected him to do so, and this surprised nobody. But the explanation he gave us shows that he does not want to nominate anyone in the immediate future.”

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