Kovesi: Papici’s replacement affected the activity of DNA

DNA’s Chief Laura Codruta Kovesi explained that the main problem is the way this replacement was operated. Judge Danilet, about the stake of Papici’s dismissal: “It’s the key position through which the destiny of a file is set”.
The National Anti-corruption Department’s (DNA) Chief Laura Codruta Kovesi told, on Wednesday evening, TVR 1 that the replacement of the prosecutors Lucian Papici and Mariana Alexandru, from the management of Section I, disrupted the activity of DNA, but the main problem is the way this replacement was made. Asked whether she discussed with the General Prosecutor Tiberiu Nitu before lifting the delegation of the two prosecutors, Laura Codruta Kovesi said that he called her and told her that the delegations of Papici and Alexandru stopped and that he delegated to other chief-prosecutors. “I received no explanation, I have not been communicated the reasons. He told me that this is the decision he is assuming and that he will send me these orders by fax,” said Laura Codruta Kovesi.
Nonetheless, she also said that DNA prosecutors do not compile political case files and do not conduct inquiries depending on a person affiliation to a party. “I never comment what politicians say, but regarding the so-called public accusations brought against us – we do not make political case files. The fact that we investigate files in which politicians are involved does not automatically mean that we devise political case files. I can tell you very clearly: we do not compile political case files,” said Kovesi referring to blames brought by some politicians in the public space.
“We do not investigate people depending on their affiliation to a political party or another, but I can tell you that DNA, not only during my term at the helm of this institution, but also before, when I was attorney general, I can tell you that it investigated persons belonging to various political parties, not only from a certain party. (…) There have been many cases involving people from all parties. The fact that we receive notifications about certain politicians does not give us the right to choose what to investigate or not,” the Chief of DNA stressed.
Kovesi assured that all complaints that come from institutions, whether the Government, ministries or other state institution are registered as criminal cases and are solved.
“We, of course, have our problems when it comes to how quickly you can settle a criminal case. You can not do a notification today and give a solution when we talk, for example, about the offense of abuse of office or an offense that, many times, needs expertise or administration of a more complex evidence to prove it,” she explained.
Referring to notifications by the Government, Kovesi said she asked all the chief prosecutors to check whether or not the files are inactive and solutions will be provided shortly, adding that it is not the first time when the Executive complaints.
Regarding another blame cast upon DNA, namely that there are no new inquiries, Kovesi mentioned that almost 3,000 criminal cases are on the prosecuting institution’s roll.
As concerns the intelligence services, Kovesi said that there is a very good relationship with SRI, an activity based on the valid laws and signed protocols.
Cazanciuc: Nitu and Kovesi agreed to be able to make proposals for appointment anytime
The Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc said on Wednesday evening that at the moment of the delegation’s extension of Papici as Chief of the Section I within DNA, the General Prosecutor Nitu and DNA’s chief-prosecutor Kovesi agreed to be able to make anytime a proposal for appointment for this position.
Cazanciuc said that at the end of Papici’s mandate, he hadn’t identified two prosecutors which to agree to occupy the position of Head of Section I within DNA, therefore a delegation was taken into account.
“I had a dialogue with the general prosecutor who, before making the delegation, asked me if I have proposals for a permanent appointment. I told him that I did not have at that time, but that, as soon as I have them, I will inform him. The General Prosecutor also informed me that he had a dialogue with the chief-prosecutor of the DNA on this delegation at the management of the section and that they agreed that, at the time the Minister of Justice will make final proposals to the CSM, the nominees for the permanent appointments to be delegated at the management of the department,” said Cazanciuc for Digi 24.
Judge Danilet also talked about Papici
Judge Cristian Danilet, member of the Superior Council of Magistrature, stated for “Evenimentul Zilei” TV that Papici is the key person through which can be established the destiny of a file. “We are talking about over 40 people, top prosecutors, which are subordinated to this position.”

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