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April 20, 2021

CSM Inspection finds issues in new DNA chief cases

First Deputy Prosecutor General Daniel Morar last week passed down an order terminating Laura Oprean’s secondment as Chief Prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), effective as of March 11, upon her request. According to a release of the Prosecutor General’s Office, she will be replaced with Calin Nistor, prosecutor operating at the Valcea Tribunal Prosecutor’s Office with a  professional rank adequate for the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), currently delegated as Chief Prosecutor of DNA Pitesti. After March 11, Laura Oprean will be delegated to the office as Deputy Chief Prosecutor of DNA for a period of six months. According to lumeajustitiei.ro, Calin Nistor presents some major deficiencies both concerning his professional activity as a prosecutor and effective institutional management. The Judicial Inspection of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) last year conducted verifications at DNA Pitesti led by Nistor, the checks targeting the period from 2011 to the first quarter of 2012. Although the conclusion was that DNA Pitesti had good performance, CSM inspectors did identify some serious irregularities caused by the management of Chief Prosecutor Calin Nistor. The main identified shortcoming was that cases would be left unattended by prosecutors for long periods of time. The inspectors also found that the prosecutors coordinated by Nistor were not prioritising tasks appropriately, having over a year’s worth of case backlogs. The same report also lists flaws identified in connection with Calin Nistor’s work as a prosecutor – an important number of cases with delays in investigation and completion. The authors of the report also give a few examples of cases to illustrate Calin Nistor’s faulty work pattern – investigations of abuses and illegalities committed in connection with roadworks contracts, civil service bribery, tax evasion worth a total of almost RON 6 M and illegal VAT refunds.

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