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October 21, 2021

US Embassy, after Ponta’s referral to trial: Judicial institutions must be able to work completely independently

The Embassy of the United States in Bucharest says judicial and rule of law institutions must be able to operate completely independently, and notes that the principle of fair trial as well as the Romanian legislation must be fully observed.
‘The US Embassy recognizes the important role of the independent rule of law institutions in a healthy democracy. Respecting and protecting such independence is the responsibility of all actors and state institutions. As we have noted in the past, judicial and rule of law institutions must be able to operate in a completely independent manner. Both the principle of fair trial and the Romanian legislation must be fully observed’, the US Embassy said in a release on Sunday.
This is the first message sent by the US Embassy since in-coming Ambassador Hans G. Klemm was sworn in. He was sworn in as Ambassador of the United States of America to Romania on Wednesday, within a ceremony held at the headquarters of the State Department, in the presence of Secretary of State John Kerry and Romanian Ambassador-designate to the USA, George Maior.
Klemm will submit his credentials to President Klaus Iohannis on Monday.
The message of the American Embassy in Bucharest happens two days after the leaders of the Superior Magistrates Council (CSM) notified the Judicial Inspection, asking for verification whether PM Victor Ponta’s assertions after his being brought to trial had impaired the independence of the judiciary or not.
CSM filed the notification following a request made by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

90 DNA prosecutors support case prosecutor after Ponta’s attack at his expense

On Friday, 90 DNA prosecutors expressed their support to Jean Uncheselu, the prosecutor in Ponta’s case and demanded the Supreme Council of Magistrates to check whether the statements the Prime Minister had made after being officially charged affect the independence of Justice. On its turn, CSM had notified the Legal Inspection. On Thursday, after hearing the decision of DNA to send his file to Court, the Prime Minister had posted on a socializing network that the case prosecutor was “totally unprofessional.”
“The country’s only problem was the obsession of a totally unprofessional prosecutor eager to prove himself in his profession, by making up and imagining untrue facts and circumstances of 10 years ago,” the prime minister wrote on his Facebook account on Thursday.

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