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September 21, 2019

President Iohannis signs decree appointing Daniel Horodniceanu DIICOT head

President Klaus Iohannis signed on Tuesday the decree appointing Daniel-Constantin Horodniceanu to the position of chief prosecutor of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) for a three-year term, the Presidential Administration announced.

Daniel-Constantin Horodniceanu was proposed for the position on April 9, by Minister of Justice Robert Cazanciuc.

On May 4, the Prosecutors Section of the Superior Council of the Magistrates (CSM) gave a positive opinion for prosecutor Daniel Constantin Horodniceanu’s appointment as DIICOT head.

The President subsequently requested the Superior Council of the Magistrates to refer to him for consultation the minutes of the session where Daniel-Constantin Horodniceanu was interviewed, and the documents considered in taking the decision for the proposal’s approval.

On May 13, the President announced that he had received the requested documents and that he is satisfied by the content, indicating he would take a decision on Horodniceanu this week.

According to regulations in force, the DIICOT chief prosecutor is appointed by the President of Romania, at the proposal of the Minister of Justice, having regard to the opinion of the Superior Council of the Magistrates, from among the prosecutors with a minimum 10 year-stint as a judge or prosecutor. The appointment is made for a three-year period, with the possibility to be once renewed.


PM Ponta: I don’t know Horodniceanu in person, but I trust him and I wish him luck


Prime Minister Victor Ponta revealed that he didn’t meet the new chief of DIICOT Daniel Horodniceanu personally, yet, but even so, he trusted him.

“I don’t know the newly-appointed chief of DIICOT – Mr. Horodniceanu – personally – but I trust him and I wish him good luck!” Ponta wrote on his page on Facebook.




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