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February 27, 2021

CSM decides JusMin Toader’s statements on ‘Belina’ case affect independence of justice

The plenary sitting of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) gave clearance on Tuesday to Prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi’s request, regarding the statements made by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader about the “Belina” case and established that his statements have affected the independence of the judicial system, sources of the CSM told AGERPRES.

The quoted sources revealed that the decision was taken by 9 votes in favour and 7 against.

On 26 September, chief prosecutor of DNA Laura Codruta Kovesi requested the CSM to analyse if the Justice Minister’s statements regarding the “Belina” case are likely to affect the independence of the judicial system.

“On 26 September 2017, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader made a series of statements of judicial nature, in the context of some questions of mass-media representatives about an ongoing case under investigation by DNA prosecutors, known as ‘the Belina’ case. Therefore, the Justice Minister stated, among others, that the legality of a government decision is not verified by prosecutors, but by administrative contentious judges,” the DNA shows in a release.

According to the DNA, the Justice Minister’s statements regarding an ongoing criminal investigation, which deals with the investigation of criminal offenses, is a form of interference in the activity of prosecutors.

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