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September 17, 2021

Senate Speaker and four senators ask President Iohannis to dismiss heads of Supreme Court, Anticorruption Directorate

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and four senators ask President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss or obtain the resignation of the heads of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ, Romania’s Supreme Court) Livia Stanciu (photo R) and of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi on grounds of infringement of the fundamental rights and freedoms of a citizen.

“On May 21, the Bucharest Court of Appeals has definitively established the innocence of citizen Mariana Rarinca. The judges found that she had spent more than six months under arrest pending trial for an act she did not commit and for which there was never any proof. Mrs. Rarinca, a citizen with no influence or political connections, was unlawfully arrested in contempt of any constitutional guarantees, by the National Anticorruption Directorate headed by Laura Codruta Kovesi, following a slanderous denounce by the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Livia Stanciu,” reads the letter to the President signed by Senators Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Daniel Barbu, Petru Ehegartner, Ioan Ghise and Nicolae Nasta.

The signatories of the petition to dismiss Kovesi and Stanciu also ask the President to request a disciplinary investigation by the Supreme Council of Magistracy, to determine whether the two magistrates are still professionally and morally fit for work within the Judiciary.


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