INTELLIGENCE JUSTICE

CSM to notify CSAT to verify truthfulness of declarations made by members, personnel in respect to not collaborating with SRI

The Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) decided on Thursday to notify the Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) in order to verify the truthfulness of the declarations of non-collaboration with intelligent services of its members and personnel.

“The plenary meeting of the CSM decided to send the CSAT the declarations lodged for the year 2016 by the CSM members, judges, prosecutors, legal assistants and their juridical specialized personnel within the Council’s own body, that were in office on 31 December 2016, with the mention that all the statements lodged so far are included in their professional files,” the meeting agenda on Thursday mentions, which is also posted on the CSM website.

The CSM plenary discussed on Thursday about a request formulated by President of the Civil Section II of the Bucharest Courthouse Judge Lacramioara Axinte, in respect to notifying the CSAT so it can verify the truthfulness of the declarations made by judges, prosecutors, magistrates, legal assistants and their judicial specialized personnel and specialized auxiliary staff of the courts, prosecutor’s offices, in their authentic form.

According to a note of the Human Resource and Organization Directorate within the CSM, the magistrate motivated her request by the necessity to eliminate any suspicions and to clarify the allegations in the public space regarding the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) interference in the act of justice.

In the document it is stipulated that, according to the law, the magistrates annually fill a declaration, from which to result that they are not operative agents, including undercover, informers or collaborators of intelligence services. The statutory declarations are kept in professional files, the data included in them being confidential.

According to the same source, the CSM decided in 2015 to notify the CSAT in order to verify all the declarations made by judges, prosecutors, magistrates, legal assistants, their juridical specialized personnel and specialized auxiliary staff of the courts, prosecutor’s offices. Moreover, the CSM repeatedly sent to the CSAT, in the period 2015-2016, the declaration made by its own members and personnel for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“We mention that in the meetings on 21 January 2016, the plenary took note of the Presidential Administration observation (…) regarding the declarations sent throughout 2015. Following controls that were carried out by authorized institutions, it has been established that judges, prosecutors, magistrates, legal assistants, their juridical specialized personnel and specialized auxiliary staff of the courts, prosecutor’s offices are not operative agents, including undercover, informers or collaborators of intelligence services,” the note drafted by the Human Resource and Organization Directorate within the CSM points out.

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