General Prosecutor asks President not to promulgate amendments to the Criminal Code

The General Prosecutor of Romania, Tiberiu Nitu, has sent a letter to President Traian Basescu asking him not to promulgate the amendments that were adopted by the Deputies Chamber referring to the Criminal Code, Agerpres reports. In the letter, the head of the Public Ministry explained that he is against these amendments and also brought legal arguments showing what difficulties would be triggered by the implementation of these modifications, if promulgated.
On December 10, the Chamber of Deputies approved several amendments to the Criminal Code. By one of the amendments, the President and MPs are excluded from the public workers’ category. On the same day, the Chamber also approved a Criminal Code amendment draft that had been rejected by the Senate in October 2012, which modifies the article on conflict of interest and relinquishes the category of public workers.
The amendments were strongly criticized by Traian Basescu, who stated he would send the law back to the Parliament because the Criminal Code amendments adopted by the Chamber of Deputies are “dramatic” and could “undermine ten years of work conducted by anticorruption institutions” such as DNA (the National Anticorruption Directorate) or ANI (the National Integrity Agency).

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