Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar asked the leadership of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) to adopt a public stand in defence of the judiciary system, in the context of the campaign carried out by people facing judiciary procedures, some of them even with final sentences, against the justice institutions.
Augustin Lazar “firmly rejected” the extrapolation of the procedural incidents and particular cases of magistrates under disciplinary investigation to the entire activity of the prosecutors, reads a release of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) issued on Wednesday.
“The judiciary has rigorous legal procedures for investigation into suspicions of disciplinary misconduct, including of the type that appeared in the media,” says the release.
According to the same source, the general prosecutor denies what he called “such public incitement actions with politicians intervening in the judicial activity for dismissing some prosecutors in high offices,” while ignoring the judiciary procedures stipulated by law and violating the constitutional principle of the separation of state powers.
“The prosecutor general trusts the capacity of the Romanian judicial system to accomplish its mission of carrying out the justice act at European standards. Moreover, he showed trust in the judiciary’s capacity to self-regulate, through the identification and solving of all procedural incidents and particular cases of misconduct, according to the legal procedures. As the CVM [Cooperation and Verification Mechanism] also shows, Romania’s problem is not the faulty functioning of the judiciary, but the attempt to prevent the fight against corruption,” shows a release of the PICCJ.
CSM’s Marcu says public debate on DNA might damage the act of making Justice
Chair of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) Simona Marcu stated on Wednesday that she is “further voicing her deep concern” on the possibility that the publicly debated situation regarding the activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) compromise the authority of the judicial bodies, and, implicitly, undermine the act of making Justice.
“Taking into account the intensely promoted and publicly debated topics regarding the DNA activity, as Chair of the CSM, I further voice my deep concern regarding the possibility that this situation compromise the authority of judicial bodies and, implicitly, undermine the act of making Justice,” the CSM head stated.
In this context, Simona Marcu requested to the judicial authority institutions to speed up the procedures in order to restore the citizens’ confidence in the act of justice.
“The citizen’s confidence in justice is built, and the responsibility, mainly, rests with the state through all the actors of the judicial authority sphere. The mass media institutions have a major role in generally informing and rising awareness of possible functional problems, but their clarification rests with the state institutions that are authorised to establish, decide and take the legal measures, according to their jurisdiction. In this context, the CSM Chairperson requests to all institutions of the judicial authority sphere, within the legal limits which ensure the objectivity of procedures, by observing the rights of all persons in question, to speed up these procedures, in order to restore the citizens’ confidence in the act of justice and in the bodies authorised to accomplish it or in those that have been called to guard them, according to the law, over the way it is carried out,” the CSM chief stated.
Simona Marcu underscored the important role that the Public Ministry, the DNA and the Judicial Inspection have under these circumstances.
“We express our confidence that the professionalism of those in charge to take action under these circumstances can make up for the current media pressure. The CSM ensures the public opinion that it is in able to manage and decide, within the mechanisms stipulated by the law, in all the hypotheses that might result from the speedy running of the procedures by the judicial authorities, which the Council’s decision-making response depends on,” the CSM head also said.
Interior Minister asks DNA Chief to terminate secondment of two policemen mentioned in Vlad Cosma’s recordings
The Interior Minister has asked the Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to terminate the secondment of two police officers whose names were mentioned in the recordings that former House lawmaker Vlad Cosma made public, namely Chief Police Commissioners Iordache Mihail and Florea Gabriela.
“Considering aspects that have appeared in the public space, the Interior Minister has asked the DNA Chief Prosecutor to terminate the secondment of the two police officers who appear in the recordings that concern the activity of the DNA’s Prahova Territorial Branch. Namely Chief Police Commissioner Iordache Mihail and Chief Police Commissioner Florea Gabriela,” the Interior Affairs Ministry (MAI) announced on Wednesday.
However, the decision was taken on Tuesday, according to the MAI.
According to Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) no.43/2002 on the National Anticorruption Directorate, in the case of judiciary police officers transferred to the DNA, their dismissal before the secondment expires is carried out through the substantiated order of the Chief Prosecutor.
The names of the two police officers were mentioned by former House lawmaker Vlad Cosma as being part of what he called DNA Ploiesti’s “crime ring.”
“In 2017, many persons presented evidence about prosecutor Portocala, about the abuses he made, about the passion he had for her. This crime ring consists of DNA Ploiesti Chief Prosecutor Onea Lucian, the famous suspended prosecutor Negulescu, the Deputy Chief of DNA Ploiesti, judiciary police officers Mihai Iordache and Florea Gabriela. Their purpose was to fabricate dossiers. This is how Mircea Negulescu and Onea Lucian were promoted within the DNA Bucharest College. Prosecutor Onea Lucian told me how he’ll set up Victor Ponta, Sebastian Ghita, and that my sister will be arrested. I told him I accept, only for my sister not to be arrested,” Vlad Cosma stated on Antena3.
PSD’s Dragnea says party or coalition has not talked about DNA and DIICOT merger
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday that there have never been any talks in the party or in the governing coalition about the merger of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) with the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
“I don’t understand why this silly topic is brought back – the merger of the DNA with the DIICOT. We have never talked about it in the party or in the coalition and we don’t intend to talk about it. Why should they merge? There’s nothing of the sort,” Dragnea stated before the meeting of the PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN).
The meeting agenda of the PSD’s CExN mainly featured the assessment of state secretaries.
Former PSD MP Vlad Cosma claims that DNA Ploiesti leadership asked him to invent evidence for a case related to Sebastian Ghita and Victor Ponta. DNA rejects the accusation and reveals the transcript of some recordings containing attempts to compromise prosecutors.Head of DNA Ploiesti: I never falsified evidence. It’s Vlad Cosma’s spin, he hopes to get away. Just today I asked the JI to carry out verifications, we won’t give in to pressures