Investigation of high-level corruption cases, damage retrieval and extended power of confiscation are among the main priorities mentioned by incumbent chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi in a management project for her reinstatement in office, submitted on Wednesday to public debate by the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM).
“Continuing investigations that are important to the society, of high-level corruption, investigation of cases with a high degree of diversification of criminal matters will have to be priorities in the future activity of DNA, with the chief prosecutor playing an essential part in the process by setting and enforcing efficient activity standards,” reads Kovesi’s management project.
Another important objective of Kovesi’s regards increasing quality of criminal investigations and active professional support for cases brought to court.
“Retrieving damage and extended powers of confiscation remain priorities, with the experiences of the Financial Instigation Department to be disseminated to local branches as well in order to increase the retrieval of the proceeds of crime or damage,” the project says.
CSM is expected on March 25 to finalise the procedures for the approval of the justice minister’s proposal for reinstating Laura Codruta Kovesi as DNA chief prosecutor, according to the schedule approved on Wednesday by the Prosecution Branch.
According to the same schedule, on Wednesday Kovesi’s management project was put up for a public debate and her bid will now be scrutinised.
On March 24, the outcome of the previous stages will be analysed and the candidate will be interviewed, while on March 25, 2016 a final decision on the bid will be submitted to the Justice Ministry.
Justice Minister Raluca Pruna on February 29 submitted a proposal for reinstating Laura Codruta Kovesi as DNA chief prosecutor.
Kovesi: I will continue to reject any action to discredit or intimidate prosecutors
If she is reappointed to head the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), incumbent DNA chief Laura Codruta Kovesi will continue to reject all actions that would intimidate or discredit prosecutors, according to her management project submitted to a public debate by the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM).
“The attacks of late against justice, as well as the outside pressure periodically put on the judiciary reflect in fact the success of the system. I will continue to reject all intentions and actions that would violate the constitutional status of prosecutors, DNA or that would discredit or intimidate the prosecutors,” Kovesi says in her management project.
She also says that one of her priorities will relate to organisational cooperation with CSM taking into account CSM’s being a guarantor of justice independence.
“I will continue to raise up to the defence of the independence of DNA prosecutors when there are attacks against or pressure on DNA or its prosecutors,” reads Kovesi’s management project.
She says active involvement in the public debate of laws with direct impact on the activities of the DNA prosecutors will be another main priority of hers, as well as involvement when there is action to eliminate the provisions able to cripple the investigative instruments at the prosecutors’ disposal and stymie prosecution.
“At the same time, I will continue with proposals to supplement the existing legislations, especially because some unconstitutional provisions have already generated legislative vacuum able to generate judicial uncertainties and a non-uniform practice,” says Kovesi, adding that she will also pay attention to cooperation with courts of law in order to identify judicial practice solutions and unify procedures.