National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi stated on Tuesday, at the Supreme Magistracy Council (CSM) headquarters, that she has no reason to resign, pointing out there are no tensions within the DNA.
“It’s not about any conflict, it’s a request for a consultative approval in order to dismiss two prosecutors who are working within the DNA. (…) I’ve asked for the dismissal of two prosecutors, in line with the procedure. I can’t detail the reasons. (…) There isn’t any tension, the activity is unfolding normally. There are more than 160 prosecutors within the DNA, here we’re talking about a proposal to dismiss two DNA prosecutors,” Kovesi stated.
Asked whether she will resign, she answered negatively, stating she has no reason to do so. “No, I’m not tendering any resignation, I have no reasons,” the DNA Chief Prosecutor said.
Kovesi: Since January 2016, Judicial Inspection has carried out 126 verifications at DNA; no illegalities ascertained
National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi stated on Tuesday that she is waiting for the Judicial Inspection’s verification, pointing out that over 126 verifications have been carried out at the DNA since January 2016 and no illegalities have been ascertained.
When leaving the CSM headquarters, Kovesi was asked by journalists for her comment on the verification that the Judicial Inspection will carry out at the DNA, at Justice Minister Tudorel Toader’s request.
“We were officially informed about this verification. It concerns the period from 1 January 2016 until now. I can tell you that, from January 2016 until now, there have been over 126 verifications on punctual cases demanded or carried out at the DNA by the Judicial Inspection, as well as themed verifications. In all of the more than 100 cases and 8 verifications, no illegalities or infringements of the law were ascertained. We await this verification. I’m convinced all DNA prosecutors observed the law and we’re waiting for the results of this verification to be made public,” Kovesi said, refusing to answer any other questions.
The statement was made after members of the CSM’s Section for Prosecutors heard prosecutors Doru Tulus and Mihaiela Moraru Iorga, whose dismissal Kovesi demanded.
President Iohannis: I see no reason why DNA Chief Prosecutor should be suspended
On Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis stated he sees no reason why DNA Chief Prosecutor Codruta Kovesi should be suspended. The Head of State pointed out that it is well that verifications are being carried out into the “media approaches” on DNA’s activity, and reiterated he is satisfied with the activity of the Prosecutor General’s Office and of the DNA.
Asked about the scandal surrounding the DNA, the President answered: “I’ve been informed about these media approaches and I believe it’s good to verify. Based on my information, verifications are being carried out within the DNA too; likewise, the CSM is taking care of some aspects, and I took note of the fact that the Justice Ministry has requested an audit into the management, both at the Prosecutor General’s Office and at the DNA.”
Klaus Iohannis stated that these overtures will clarify all aspects.
Answering a question, the Head of State pointed out that he had repeatedly stated that he is “very pleased” with the activity of the Prosecutor General’s Office and of the DNA, and the activity of the leadership of these institutions.
Asked whether he is still pleased after audio recordings were leaked, Iohannis stated: “I’ve heard too many so-called intercepts, taps, interpretations, to still believe in them. Those empowered by the law will carry out the necessary verifications and we will eventually find out the truth.”
Asked whether Laura Codruta Kovesi should be suspended until all aspects are clarified, President Iohannis replied: “I see no reason for suspension.”
He pointed out he did not discuss these issues with Kovesi. “I don’t discuss such issues with the head of the DNA, it’s not part of the President’s job description and I’m looking forward, with great interest, to the conclusions of the verifications that are being institutionally carried out. Whether I’ll sign it (Kovesi’s dismissal – editor’s note) or not, this is a ‘what if.’ When we have a conclusion we’ll discuss it,” Iohannis said.
Nevertheless, the Head of State emphasised that “these scandals are not good, because they are shaking the citizen’s trust in institutions and they are raising big question marks among our partners and allies.” “Regardless of whether it’s a scandal created by the media or by some corrupt politicians interested in compromising the anticorruption fight, or if there was really a leak, the clarification must come rapidly and must be credible, otherwise people will keep having question marks that should not exist in this area,” the President added.
“That is why I want to have urgent clarifications, and not just urgent but pertinent ones,” Klaus Iohannis pointed out.
Iohannis also stated he does not believe the anticorruption fight is affected by the DNA’s current problems. “The anticorruption fight is taking place at its intrinsic, normal speed,” he explained.