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March 24, 2023

Interior Minister asks CSM to appoint prosecutor Oana Schmidt Haineala state secretary

The Interior Ministry has asked the Supreme Magistracy Council’s (CSM) Section for Prosecutors to transfer Oana Schmidt Haineala (photo) within the MAI, on the office of secretary of state in charge with the ministry’s international relations.

The request was filed with the CSM on Monday and will be discussed at the next meeting of the Section for Prosecutors.

“Yesterday (Monday – editor’s note), we received a request from the MAI. The transfer request will be analysed at the next meeting of the Section for Prosecutors; its date is yet to be established,” CSM Vice President Cristian Ban stated for News.ro on Tuesday.

Oana Schmidt Haineala will hold the office of secretary of state in charge with the ministry’s international relations, according to some sources.

It is the first time former CSM member Oana Schmidt Haineala is nominated for the office of secretary of state within the Grindeanu Government.

Oana Schmidt Haineala’s first transfer to the Justice Ministry was requested by ex-Justice Minister Florin Iordache early this year. The request was approved by the CSM on January 7.

On February 3, CSM’s Section for Prosecutors decided to recall both Oana Schmidt Haineala, member of the Bacau Appeals Court’s Prosecutor’s Office, and Constantin Sima, member of the High Court of Justice’s Prosecutor’s Office. The two had become secretaries of state on January 16.

Their recall was requested by Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, who pointed out at the time that the measure is necessary to ensure that the criminal probe into the Justice Ministry’s adoption of the government emergency ordinance amending the Criminal Codes (GEO 13) – an emergency ordinance that the Government repealed five days later – would take place “in conditions of impartiality.”

Following the decision adopted by CSM’s Section for Prosecutors, the Justice Ministry announced that prosecutor Oana Schmidt Haineala asked the Prime Minister to terminate her capacity as secretary of state within the Justice Ministry.

On February 7, Oana Schmidt Haineala was heard at the DNA, as witness in the ‘GEO 13’ case. Constantin Sima had been heard the day before.

The probe started following a denunciation filed, on January 24, by the members of the ‘Initiativa Romania’ Association.

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