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Kovesi-Ponta dispute over the moment of Prime Minister’s summoning to DNA

Chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi denied on Friday any connection between the summons of certain persons for hearings at the anti-corruption authority and the current public events, namely the coincidence between the Prime Minister’s being summoned to the DNA and the Liberals’ lodging a censure motion.

 

Anti-corruption head Kovesi says DNA summons unrelated to current public events

 

”The summoning to DNA of certain persons categorically stands in no connection to any public event. (…) Relevant information, clues and proof were obtained after convincing evidence was produced at the end of April regarding certain crimes that were retained for which the Prime Minister is currently a suspect. The prosecution in rem began in early May, so there has been just a short time between the moment specific information was obtained and the release of the ordinance to continue prosecution. (…) There is no consequential relation here. The prosecutors are just doing their job, they have 7,000 cases on their hands, with 86 prosecutors working on them. We don’t check what happens in the public space, we build evidence according to the schedule according to which we must act. The summons was issued perfectly legally several days ago. It stands in no connection with the filing of a censure motion of any kind, so they are unrelated, the prosecutors are simply doing their job,” said Kovesi, asked if there is a coincidence between the Prime Minister’s being summoned to the DNA and the Liberals’ lodging a censure motion.

Kovesi did not want to comment on Victor Ponta’s possible resignation from office as Prime Minister, stating that ”the official answer” is expected to the request DNA referred to Parliament.

‘We are waiting for the official answer to the request we sent,” said Kovesi.

The DNA chief prosecutor refused to comment on the subject of a new move to seek the remand of Dan Sova.

 

Ponta: I was summoned yesterday by phone; information disclosed by Kovesi, untrue

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta says the information disclosed by chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate Laura Codruta Kovesi about him having been summoned by the DNA some days ago is untrue, arguing that he was summoned on Thursday by phone by the case prosecutor.

‘I want to mention that I was summoned by phone while I was at the Government House by prosecutor Jean Uncheselu yesterday at 16:15hrs (I am convinced there is a report on the conversation and a recording of the conversation). I regret that the information publicly disclosed by Mrs prosecutor Kovesi in untrue!’ Ponta wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

However, a copy of the judicial summons dated June 4, presented by stiripeurse.ro, confirms that Victor Ponta is right when claiming that he has found out only yesterday about being summoned to DNA, and not a few days ago as Ms. Kovesi announced.

 

 

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