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January 23, 2022

Judicial Inspection: Tariceanu caused damage to independence of the judiciary

Judicial inspectors consider that Tariceanu’s statements have caused damage to the independence of the judiciary.

The Judicial Inspection (IJ) noted that the statements made by Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu were liable to affect the independence of the judiciary.

IJ Spokesperson Tamara Manea confirmed for Agerpres that the verifications have revealed that the statements were liable to affect the independence of the judiciary.

The IJ report will be discussed during the Superior Magistracy Council’s plenum meeting this week.

On February 19, the Superior Magistracy Council (CSM) notified the Judicial Inspection after Calin Popescu Tariceanu had stated, five days before, that the file in which Varujan Vosganian is involved and for which the Senate’s vote had been requested did not concern acts of corruption allegedly committed by a Senator “but a political decision taken by a minister in office, which resulted in a government decision.”

“That is why I can state that a vote in favour of the General Attorney’s request, as the President wanted too, would have created the precedent according to which any government decision (so potentially any presidential decision too) and the decision of any public authority could be censured by prosecutors. Such a precedent was becoming dangerous, because it would have opened the way to transforming Romania into a republic of prosecutors,” Tariceanu stated after the MPs voted against the request to lift Varujan Vosganian’s immunity.

On February 12, the Senate rejected the General Prosecutor Office’s request to green light the start of the criminal prosecution against PNL Senator Varujan Vosganian. Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutors claimed that while he was Economy Minister Varujan Vosganian took several decisions through which he allegedly favoured businessman Ioan Niculae’s Interagro company by offering it natural gas at low prices.


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