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Restoring trust in prosecutors – in the focus of possible Alina Bica’s successor to DIICOT

The individual verification by the newly-formed team of each prosecutor and creating a ‘zero moment’ of his/her activity are among the objectives enounced in the management project submitted by Daniel Horodniceanu, the magistrate proposed as new head of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism ( DIICOT ).

According to the project, among his objectives there is ‘restoring trust within teams, especially the Central Structure, badly hurt, especially psychologically, after the events in the last quarter of 2014, which led to a blockage causing a diminishing of prosecutors’ willingness to perform’.

Horodniceanu, currently head of DIICOT Iasi, refers to the arrest of ex-DIICOT chief Alina Bica.

In the quoted document, he says he wants every prosecutor’s responsibility to be restored for all acts and procedures made, as well as to bring back the team spirit, ‘characteristic of the structure’. ‘Create a solid and convincing medium-term project to bring judicial police  officers iron the structure, project in which the Ministry of Justice should be engaged with its specialists, implement as DIICOT chief-prosecutor the principles of the specialization of prosecutors and continuity in activity’, are two other major objectives Daniel Horodniceanu proposes. This year, D. Horodniceanu will be 41 years old.


Information leaks and bribery temptation – structure risks


In his management project, prosecutor Daniel Horodniceanu identifies several risks DIICOT is exposed to: leaks of information from cases, interest of certain local criminal world figures in recruiting policemen and magistrates, increase of the degree of specialization of organized crime, lack of physical protection of prosecutors and media campaigns that put prosecutors under psychological pressure.

On 4 May, prosecutor Daniel Horodniceanu will be interviewed by the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) for the position as Chief-Prosecutor of DIICOT, for which he was proposed by the Minister of Justice, Robert Cazanciuc. The following day, CSM’s opinion will be sent to the Ministry of Justice.

In the period 10-30 April, DIICOT Iasi Chief-Prosecutor Daniel Constantin Horodniceanu’s management project is under public debate and the candidate is being checked.

Horodniceanu was proposed as new DIICOT chief by the Ministry of Justice due to his 16 years of experience as a prosecutor and six years in leading positions, according to a press release of the Ministry.

Previous managerial experience was an important criterion in the choice, Horodniceanu having been Iasi DIICOT Chief-Prosecutor from June 2006 to June 2009 and from June 2012 – 2015.

Daniel Constantin Horodniceanu is one of the best-known Iasi prosecutors. The post as DIICOT chief-prosecutor became vacant when Alina Bica was arrested in the corruption case concerning the illegal return of an over-valuated property by over 60 M euro.



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