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JusMin Pruna submits to President Iohannis recommendation for reappointing DNA chief prosecutor Kovesi

Justice Minister Raluca Pruna (photo) on Tuesday submitted to President Klaus Iohannis a letter recommending the reappointment to office of chief prosecutor with the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi after she won the favorable opinion on Monday of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM). The Prosecution Department of CSM issued a unanimous favourable opinion on Pruna’s recommendation for Kovesi’s reappointment as DNA chief prosecutor.

Justice Minister Raluca Pruna on February 29 submitted to CSM a proposal for reappointing Laura Codruta Kovesi as DNA chief prosecutor.

According to the statutes in force of judges and prosecutors, the prosecutor general with the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the first deputy and deputy thereof, the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) and deputies thereof as well as chief prosecutors of these prosecutorial offices and the chief prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism and deputies thereof are appointed by Romania’s President upon the recommendation of the justice minister, provided a favourable opinion from the Supreme Council of Magistrates, from among prosecutors or judges with at least 10 year office seniority for a three-year term that is renewable only once.

Investigations into high-level corruption, retrieval of damages and extended powers of confiscation are some of the priorities included in the management project drawn up by Kovesi for reappointment that is posted on the website of CSM. Improving prosecution quality as well as active and professional support for cases brought to court also features as an objective in Kovesi’s project.

If reappointed, Kovesi will continue to reject any actions aimed at intimidating or discrediting prosecutors. She also says she will seek a more active involvement in the public debates over the laws with a direct impact on prosecutors, while also campaigning for the development of a technical service department at DNA by getting additional human and material resources in the wake of a ruling by Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) that phone surveillance by intelligence services previous to criminal prosecution is unconstitutional.

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