President Klaus Iohannis hailed the ruling of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ, Romania’s Supreme Court) in a case opened against him by the National Agency for Integrity (ANI). On Wednesday, he reaffirmed his confidence in the professionalism and independence of the Judiciary and recommended all politicians to promptly answer the demands of the justice system.
‘The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, has acknowledged the decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in the case opposing him to the National Agency for Integrity; he hails the decision of the supreme court. The September 2013 ruling of the Court of Appeals of Alba Iulia is thus confirmed,’ the Presidential Administration stated.
According to an official release, the head of state has been confident since the beginning about not being in a position of incompatibility; this is why he has not called any exception that might have delayed the ruling.
ICCJ rejected on Wednesday the appeal of the ANI as unfounded. It ruled to uphold an earlier decision of a Court of Appeals, that found no incompatibility for Iohannis, who at the time was mayor of Sibiu (central Romania) and also a representative of the municipality in the shareholders’ assemblies of two local utility companies, Apa Canal (water and sewerage) and Piete (markets). ANI opened a case against him in April 2013, and lost it on September 25 the same year.
PNL: Since the beginning we have believed that Mr. Iohannis was not in a state of incompatibility
The National Liberal Party (PNL) hails the decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) in regards to the appeal filed by the National Integrity Agency (ANI) in the case of President Klaus Iohannis and states that this decision ends the pressures made upon the judiciary by Prime Minister Victor Ponta.
“The National Liberal Party hails the decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice to reject the appeal of the filed by the National Integrity Agency in the incompatibility case of the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis. Since the beginning, the National Liberal Party believed that Mr. Iohannis was not in a state of incompatibility, as shown by the Alba Iulia Court of Appeal, and we had complete confidence that the ICCJ will confirm the solution of this court. The final verdict issued today comes to end a long series of attacks directed at Klaus Iohannis and pressures upon the judiciary spearheaded by none other than Prime Minister Victor Ponta”, PNL said in a release remitted on Wednesday to Agerpres.
The Liberals claim that “even though now he pretends to be an adept of dialogue and consensus,” during the election campaign, Victor Ponta was affecting the independence of the judiciary, fact confirmed by the Superior Council of Magistracy, by the statements claiming as certainty that the ICCJ will find Klaus Iohannis incompatible.
“We ask ourselves how much responsibility exists in the public discourse of the Prime Minister who wanted to be the President of Romania? Is there enough left for him to resign from the head of the Government and definitively withdraw from public life?,” the Liberals conclude.