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Judicial Inspection: Traian Basescu and Elena Udrea’s statements hurt the prestige of justice

Traian Basescu’s statements on the fact that Florian Coldea, Codruta Kovesi and Livia Stanciu were ‘the artisans of a messy manner of dispensing justice’ and Elena Udrea’s on the DNA investigations into her hurt the prestige of justice, according to the Judicial Inspection.

Judicial Inspection officials told Mediafax on Monday that, after analyzing the statements of the former president and former minister, the conclusion was that the two had been making statements lately that affected the independence of the magistrates and the prestige of the act of justice.

The reports prepared in the case of Traian Basescu and Elena Udrea, accompanied by these conclusions, will be presented before the plenary meeting of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), an institution that will decide if it is backing them this week.

CSM notified, on 7 April, the Judicial Inspection on Traian Basescu’s statement who had said he wasn’t phoning Florian Coldea, Codruta Kovesi or Livia Stanciu ‘because of disgust’, because they were ‘the artisans of this messy manner of dispensing justice.

CSM President Marius Tudose notified the Judicial Inspection on the statements made by the former president on B1 TV as well as one of Elena Udrea’s postings on a social media website.

‘Following the statements launched into the public space by Mr. Traian Basescu during the ‘Ultimul cuvant’ – 31 March 2015 – and ‘X-Press’  – 6 April 2015 programmes, broadcast on B1 TV, as well as the message posted on Mr. Elena Gabriela Udrea’s Facebook account on 2 April 2015, the President of the Superior Council of Magistracy has alerted the Judicial Inspection asking it to conduct checks regarding the defense of the independence of the judicial system, under Section 30, paragraph (1) of Law No. 317/2004 on CSM, republished with subsequent amendments and additions’, according to a CSM press release.

Ex-President Traian Basescu said on 6 April, on B1 that he was not calling Florian Coldea, Codruta Kovesi and Livia Stanciu ‘because of disgust’, because they are ‘the artisans of this messy manner of dispensing justice, without respect for a person who has not yet been convicted’, adding that ‘they want to keep their posts for another five terms’.

Asked why he wasn’t calling Florian Coldea (SRI deputy chief – editor’s note), or Codruta Kovesi or the head of ICCJ, Livia Stanciu, Traian Basescu answered: ‘Can I say that because of disgust?’

Basescu went on: ‘Because they are the artisans of this messy manner of dispensing justice, without respect for the person who has not yet been convicted. What should I do? They want to keep their posts for another five terms’.

Afterwards, the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICJ), Livia Stanciu, answered the ex-president’s attacks, stating that they were causing Romania to lose its credibility and that ‘very rarely’ would she let herself be intimidated by politicians’ reactions.

On the other hand, Elena Udrea, through her Communication Team, stated on Facebook that ‘all the people who are called by DNA are asked if they know something that could incriminate her’, the final purpose being to generate new criminal cases at al cost, without considering evidence or the fact that ‘all those denunciations could be made under pressure’.

 

 

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