President Basescu signs decrees appointing new magistrates

President Traian Basescu signed on Wednesday the decree appointing judge Ionut-Mihai Matei as Vice President of the High Court of Justice for a three-year term, as well as the decrees appointing new chief prosecutors within the National Anticorruption Department’s (DNA) Section I. According to a presidential communiqué, the head of state also signed the decree appointing Elena-Cristina Matiesescu as chief prosecutor of the DNA’s Penal Juridical Section for a period of three years, as well as the decree re-appointing general major Alexandru Ion as chief military prosecutor of the DNA’s section that combats crimes committed by soldiers, also for a period of three years. The President also signed the decree appointing Gheorghe Popovici as chief prosecutor of the DNA’s Anti-corruption Section, but also the one appointing Danut Volintiru as deputy chief prosecutor of the same section, both for a period of three years. Traian Basescu also signed the decree appointing Mariana Alexandru deputy chief prosecutor of the DNA’s section dealing with crimes connected with corruption, for a period of three years.
On November 11, the Superior Magistracy Council (CSM) gave its green light for the appointment of Gheorghe Popovici and Danut Volintiru as chief prosecutor and deputy chief prosecutor respectively. The members of CSM’s section for prosecutors unanimously voted in favor of appointing the two within the DNA’s Section I. Likewise, the CSM gave its green light when it comes to the appointment of Mariana Alexandru too. The changes operated at the helm of the DNA’s Section I took place after Attorney General Tiberiu Nitu ordered on October 2 the cessation of Lucian Papici’s interim position as chief prosecutor of Section I and the cessation of Mariana Alexandru’s interim position as deputy chief prosecutor within the same section.
On October 28 the CSM’s section for prosecutors issued its green light, with unanimous votes, for the re-appointment of Elena Matiesescu and Ion Alexandru on leadership positions within the DNA.

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