JUSTICE POLITICS

Tudorel Toader to present report on DNA leadership on Thursday at Justice Ministry

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Monday that he will present the report on the managerial activity of the DNA leadership on Thursday, at 6 p.m., at the Justice Ministry.

“The report on the managerial activity at the DNA, Thursday, 22 February 2018, 6 p.m., at the Justice Ministry – Meeting Hall,” reads the announcement that Tudorel Toader posted on Facebook.

However, he did not point out when he will present the report in Parliament, as he said last week he would do.

 

PM Dancila: JusMin Toader to present report on DNA, to do correctly what a JusMin should do

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila mentioned on Monday that the Justice Minister is the one who must publicly present an assessment regarding the situation created following the disclosures which surfaced in the public space regarding the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) activity.

“The Minister must carry out an assessment, drawn up a report and come to the public and present this report, and I believe that we should let justice say its word,” PM Viorica Dancila stated upon leaving the workings of the 21st session of the general assembly of the Romania’s Villages Association, when asked what she had requested to Justice Minister Tudorel Toader regarding the DNA and its prosecutor-in-chief Laura Codruta Kovesi.

The PM brought to mind that, after the pieces of information on DNA appeared in the public space, she asked the Justice Minister to come back to the country.

“Here I want to clear some doubts and some allegations of the public space that I would have canceled the Minister’s meetings with Japan’s Justice Minister. No, Mr Minister met Japan’s Justice Minister, the President of the European Investment Bank, he had several visits to pay, he returned to the country. I have seen what surfaced in the public space and my only discussion referred to what has surfaced in the public space, the report that he should present and do in a correct manner what a Minister of Justice must actually do,” Dancila stated.

When asked why Tudorel Toader didn’t present last week the report regarding the DNA, the PM stated: “Those pieces of information had bearly surfaced in the public space.”

“He couldn’t have come from Japan without analysing, without seeing what happened, what is real of this report, what is the actual situation, I think it wasn’t a clear report, real and consistent. It took him a week to take all the information related to what appeared in the public space,” Dancila pointed out.

The PM pointed out that the decision in this regard is with the Justice Minister.

“Not even the Prime Minister should interfere in Justice,” she added.

 

PNL, not to support Parliament’s involvement in assessing DNA

 

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Monday that the Liberals will not support Parliament’s involvement with regard to the assessment of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and the leadership of this institution.

“There are institutions of the Romanian state mandated through the Constitution and the law to deal with all these matters,” Orban said in Parliament.

He maintained that the leaders of Romania’s Parliament are trying to force “the hand” of Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.

In the same context, Ludovic Orban announced that the Liberals will vote against the setting up of the parliamentary inquiry committee regarding the activity of the Protection and Guard Service (SPP), arguing that it holds no constitutional or legal ground.

“The Executive Bureau has decided that PNL will oppose the Inquiry Committee regarding the activity of SPP. We consider it a Committee which has no constitutional and legal ground whatsoever. In compliance with the law of SPP’s organisation and functioning, Parliament’s control over SPP is exercised through the Defence Committees of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and also CSAT [Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence, ed.n.] is the one to organise and coordinate SPP’s activity. (…) We consider that the entire story is solely made up in the attempt to trigger a new scandal meant to cover the real issues in the public life, the catastrophic governance of PSD-ALDE [Social Democratic Party, major at rule – Alliance of Democrats and Liberals, minor at rule – ed.n.], and tries to create a public justification for the unprecedented decision imposed by Dragnea and Tariceanu [PSD and ALDE leaders, respectively – ed.n.] to the dignitaries of PSD and ALDE to give up on SPP’s services,” Orban added in Parliament.

He underscored that unconstitutionality elements have been identified, which is why the Liberals will attack with Romania’s Constitutional Court Parliament’s decision to set up this Inquiry Committee on SPP.

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