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February 25, 2021
JUSTICE POLITICS

Corlatean: U.S. and Dutch ambassadors pressured me to appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi in office

Former Justice Minister Titus Corlatean stated on Wednesday, before the committee of inquiry into the SIPA archive, that the American and Dutch ambassadors to Bucharest pressured him, in 2012, to appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi “in the top-level office,” claiming however that he does not recall exactly which office that was, whether it was the office of Prosecutor General or Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

“At that moment (2012 – editor’s note), overtures were made, meaning pressure, so that the one who is speaking to you now – I was Justice Minister at the time – would make a certain nomination for a leadership office within the Public Ministry, and I received the visit of two or three ambassadors at the Justice Ministry. (…) I didn’t appreciate the insistence of the Dutch ambassador with whom I had several talks. I didn’t appreciate the insistence of the American ambassador, Mr Gittenstein, on making a nomination that is known. I’m talking about nominating Ms Kovesi for the top-level office,” Titus Corlatean stated.

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