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February 3, 2023

Basescu, Macovei and Ponta hurt justice independence

President Traian Basescu, MEP Monica Macovei and Premier Victor Ponta have impaired the independence of the judiciary through their respective statements on the Microsoft and Lukoil cases and about a possible court ruling on Klaus Iohannis’ incompatibility, the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM)  plenary meeting decided on Thursday.

The Judicial Inspection has prepared a total of four reports on defending the independence of the judiciary, which were presented and analyzed by CSM on Thursday.

The first report concerns PM Victor Ponta’s statements on 27 October, when he said that the leader of PNL, Klaus Iohannis, would be ruled incompatible by the High Court of Cassation and Justice, consistently with the case law of the Court.

The second report is on the things said by MEP Monica Macovei, who accredited the idea that Victor Ponta and the prosecutor general of Romania had put pressure on the prosecutors dealing with the Lukoil case.

Another statement on the same Lukoil case was made by PM Victor Ponta. He said that, while the Government was not intervening in justice affairs in the Petrotel-Lukoil case, it did support the safeguarding of the jobs and payment of wages to the company employees, asking the minister of justice to send that message correctly to all parties concerned.

And the forth Judicial Inspection report is on statements made by President Traian Basescu on Realitatea TV. Answering a question, the president said more surprises, including persons, would still appear in the Microsoft case.




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