The Romanian Magistrates Association (AMR) and the National Union of Judges in Romania (UNJR) sent on Tuesday a request to President Klaus Iohannis, asking him to include on the agenda of the Supreme National Defence Council (CSAT) meeting “the declassification of all CSAT resolutions that outlined the intelligence services’ prerogatives in combating crimes.”
According to a UNJR press release on Tuesday, the request comes against the backdrop in which, based on classified CSAT resolutions, protocols were signed between the intelligence services and the Public Ministry, and “mixed teams” of intelligence service agents and prosecutors were set up without any legal cover.
The magistrates consider that, given the public interest in the act of justice, keeping these resolutions classified only fuels suspicions that erode public confidence in the institutions of the state.
“Romania is a rule of law state and a characteristic of it is that legal norms are public for everyone, especially when they concern the act of justice. As long as these CSAT resolutions and the protocols between the intelligence services and the prosecutors’ offices are not released, for every citizen to know what they contain, confidence in justice will not be regained,” the UNJR release mentions.
UNJR and AMR announce that they will carry on with all the necessary legal proceedings to clarify the interference of the intelligence services in the act of justice.
Tariceanu sides with Romanian magistrates
On Tuesday, Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu announced on Facebook that he supports the initiative of the Romanian Magistrates Association and the National Union of Judges in Romania, which asked President Klaus Iohannis, to include on the agenda of the CSAT meeting on January 31, in his capacity as Chairman of the CSAT, “the declassification of all CSAT resolutions that outlined the intelligence services’ prerogatives in combating crimes.”
“I support the demarche that the Romanian Magistrates Association has jointly made with the National Union of Judges in Romania. Moreover, I consider that the president owes Romanians answers to the questions concerning the way the judiciary functioned in Romania in recent years. President Iohannis and the three-letter agencies he is protecting step by step have the duty to offer an unequivocal answer,” Tariceanu’s message reads.