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July 26, 2021

CSM: CCR President Valer Dorneanu’s statements on Dragnea’s case affected the independence of Justice. The statements are revolting

Judge Bogdan Mateescu, who is a member of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) said on Tuesday, in the Plenary Session of CSM, that the statements made by the President of the Constitutional Court (CCR) on Liviu Dragnea’s case, according to which “decisions are adopted through the political lens”, are revolting and they are affecting the independence of Justice.

“I find these statements very serious. (…) Generic indications according to which there are court decisions from which political opinion appears seem to me revolting in general. We come from the judiciary, we know the rights and the obligations and the quality of the Romanian judges; I’d never want anyone to understand that Romanian judges make politics through the act that is the purpose of our existence, namely the court decision. CCR President’s statement is absolutely revolting. I believe there is enough data and a prompt reaction of CSM is required, as well as a call – one more call, who knows its number? – to the public and political elements, or to CCR to respect the independence of Justice, because the independence of Justice is not a privilege of the judge, it is a right of the citizen and a fundamental guarantee” Judge Bogdan Mateescu stated at the plenary session of CSM held on Tuesday.

The agenda of the CSM plenum on Tuesday was supplemented with the discussion on the statements made by the President of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) Valer Dorneanu (photo), in an interview since the beginning of October. At the deliberations, the CSM members decided that CCR President’s statements have breached the independence of Justice.

CCR President stated that the case in which Liviu Dragnea and his ex-wife Bombonica Prodana are involved was investigated by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) due to the quality of the involved persons.

“It was considered a corruption case. It was about an abuse related to hiring a person… She hired some persons in her department, although they never worked there. Is this corruption? This is abuse of office! DNA is investigating this case due to the quality of the persons involved in the case, not because it’s exactly a corruption case. Speaking of this distinction and the Venice Commission. The Venice Commission, in the EU area, was speaking about the severity of the punitive intervention of the state against the corruption deeds, and it is said in there that it is corruption, regardless of the value, or of the threshold. But in the case of the common abuse…” stated the CCR President Valer Dorneanu in a TV interview.

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