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September 29, 2020

Prosecution for criminal negligence begins in case of Cantacuzino Institute

The prosecutors of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ – Supreme Court) launched a probe ‘in rem’ in the case of the Cantacuzino Institute, for criminal negligence and conducting a clinical study without observing the norms of good practice, officials of the institution announced Monday, quoted by Mediafax. According to the sources, the criminal prosecution in this case started following a notification sent by the Control Body of the prime minister, sent to PICCJ last week.
PICCJ officials explained that no specific person is targeted in this case and the prosecution only refers to the crimes of negligence and conducting a clinical study without observing the norms of good practice. Based on the evidence obtained by investigators, it will be decided whether the prosecution will also target specific persons.
The sources mentioned that PICCJ also received a notification from President Traian Basescu after the meeting of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT), but no decision was made with this respect regarding a possible criminal prosecution or merger of the case with the case opened following the notification sent by the Control Body of the PM.
President Traian Basescu on March 27 decided to send to PICCJ the report presented in the meeting of CSAT about a faulty management at the Cantacuzino Institute. CSAT ruled that, because of the faulty management exerted by the successive managerial teams of the Cantacuzino Institute, because of the failure to observe procedures, the faulty control of the production process and of the improper involvement of the Ministry of Health, problems were registered of late that can generate vulnerabilities against the health state of the population, so measures must be taken in view of solving these problems and preventing their repeating.
The Ministry of Health informed on March 28 that a report issued by the World Health Organisation regarding the contaminated vaccine produced by the Cantacuzino Institute was sent by CSAT to PICCJ and to the Constitutional Court.

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