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Judicial Inspectorate says institutional autonomy, only solution for effectively conducting its mission. Protesters gather in Victoria Square, chant slogans in support of Justice

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Judicial Inspectorate says that institutional autonomy, in the current context, is the only solution for its effectively conducting its mission.

It makes a series of clarifications following public reactions to its position on recent proposals made by the justice minister.

“In our opinion, in the current context, the institutional autonomy of the Judicial Inspectorate is the only solution for effectively conducting its mission. We are reconfirming our belief that any change in the statute of the Judicial Inspectorate should be made in the highest interest of efficient functioning of justice as a public service,” reads the post.

Minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday stated that one of the modifications brought to the legislative package concerning Justice stipulates that appointments to management positions at the Public Ministry will be made by the prosecutors’ section attached to the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), upon proposal of the Justice Minister, based on a transparent procedure, but with the Romanian President removed from the entire procedure. Another amendment brought to the Justice Laws says that Judiciary Inspection should be subordinated to the Ministry of Justice.

The head of state, Klaus Iohannis, has reacted to the proposals presented by the Minister of Justice, by saying that this is an attack to the rule of law, Justice independence and fight against corruption.


Protesters in Victoria Square chanted slogans in support of Justice


Protesters gathered in the Victoria Square on Wednesday evening and chanted against the amendments announced to be brought to the Justice Laws.

Hundreds of persons, according to the number estimated in the peak moment of the protest, had banners reading messages such as “I’m tired of catching you steal,” “Take your hands off the justice,” “Tu-Dorel, a model servant” and chanted slogans such as “Justice, not corruption,” “Romania, wake up!,” “PSD, the red plague,” “Resignation,” while waving flags, beating drums and blowing in whistles and vuvuzelas.

People got mobilized on the social networks.

The crowd gathered in front of the government headquarters blocked Victoria Square on Wednesday evening, with traffic being restricted in the area, spokesman for the Bucharest Gendarmerie Georgian Enache told AGERPRES.

“There are several hundreds of people who stand on the carriageway, in front of the government. The gendarmes tried to keep them from occupying more of the carriageway and recommended them to remain in the middle of the square, but the protesters pushed back the gendarmes. They didn’t respect the measure that we wanted to take, in order to avoid blocking the traffic in the respective area. There were no incidents recorded, and no violence,” said Enache.

He also mentioned that, taking into account that the protest is unauthorized, “the required measures” will be taken.


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