Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Wednesday that he is still of the opinion that chief prosecutors should be appointed by the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) and the President should be excluded from this procedure.
“In the bill submitted to Parliament, the mechanism of appointing prosecutors, as submitted by the minister of justice, provided that the appointments of the attorney general, the chief prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) and their deputies should be made by the Supreme Council of Magistrates. I concur and still am of that opinion. The bills will be up for debates, there will be arguments for and against, and finally they will pass by vote. I cannot tell you what the final solution will be,” Tariceanu told Romania TV private broadcaster.
He added that the past, present and future President of Romania is a politician “in flesh and bones.”
“We have a reference element, which is the political experience of recent years. We are very much talking about the independence of the judiciary. CSM was a champion of promoting this idea and not only that, of promoting the idea and of the independence of justice and its materialisation. If you tell me that the past, present and future President of Romania comes from some congregation of nuns and is parachuted there, I will tell you that I do not believe it. The President is obviously real, a politician in flesh and bones, with personal interests, personal agenda, including electoral pledges, therefore he needs to have as many power tools as possible in his hands, which has been proven, and I want to get justice out of the influence of the political factor, which in this sequence is the President,” Tariceanu said.
“Dutch Ambassador tries to explain me how to do Justice”
Senate President Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Wednesday stated that the Dutch Ambassador in Romania has been trying to teach him what Romania should do in the Justice field, so that he told his Dutch counterpart about “the unacceptable behavior as an Ambassador” of the first.
“When talking to me, for instance, instead of daring to propose Mrs. Kovesi, the Dutch Ambassador was trying to teach me how to act and what to do in the Justice field, what is right and what is wrong. After a short while since we had that conversation, during which I set the records straight with him, I told my Dutch counterpart about the unacceptable behavior of the Ambassador and that he broke every diplomatic rule, which is not normal. The consequence was that in two months’ time he was recalled to The Netherlands. There are ways to set the records straight with those who show no respect for Romania as a sovereign country. But unfortunately there are things that happened in Romania because the Romanian authorities allowed those people to interfere in the type of problems that Titus Corlatean was mentioning,” Tariceanu told Romania TV private broadcasting station.
He also added that Romania is the single country in Europe where things like this happen.
Former Minister of Justice Titus Corlatean on Wednesday stated that during his term in office there were some pressures from the Ambassadors of The Netherlands and the US related to who should be appointed “in a top office” in the judiciary system.