As expected, after Justice Minister Minister Tudorel Toader presented a synthesis of the report on the managerial activity carried out by DNA prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi on Thursday evening in a press statement, reactions started to appear.
Toader promised that the report will be published on the website of the Ministry of Justice immediately after the statement.
However, since Thursday evening, the Justice Ministry website does not work.
Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Thursday that he will start the procedure for the dismissal of the head of the National Anticorruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi, for “acts and deeds intolerant to a rule of law state.”
”Under the provisions of art. 54 paragraph 4 in conjunction with 51 (2) (b) of Law 303/2004 on the Statute of Judges and Prosecutors, I hereby initiate the procedure for the dismissal of the Chief Prosecutor of DNA. The report, accompanied by the Chief Prosecutor’s Revocation Proposal, will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Section of the CSM [Superior Council of Magistrates], as well as to the President of Romania, to analyse and decide according to the constitutional prerogatives each has,” Toader said.
DNA’s Kovesi says she is to follow legal procedure and respond to all statements presented by JusMin
Prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi mentions that she will follow the legal procedure and will respond point by point to all the statements that have been presented by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who proposed her removal from office.
“I will follow the legal procedure and I will present myself, anytime needed, to respond, point by point, to all the statements presented by the Justice Minister,” Kovesi stated on Friday.
The clarification was made following the mass media requests regarding a standpoint in respect to the announcement of the Justice Minister regarding “the initiation of the procedure for removing from office Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate Laura Codruta Kovesi,” a release of the DNA mentions.
President Iohannis: Report on managerial activity of DNA lacks clarity; in-depth analysis required
The report regarding the managerial activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) lacks clarity and the assessment of this institution and its leadership made by President Klaus Iohannis is different from the one made by the Justice Ministry, the Presidential Administration mentioned on Thursday.
“Due to the lack of clarity in the presentation of the Report regarding the managerial activity of the DNA and, taking into account that President Klaus Iohannis’ assessment of the DNA activity and its leadership is different from the one made by the Justice Minister, an in-depth analysis of this document is required, that is to be carried out at the level of the Presidential Administration by the specialized departments,” reads a release issued on Thursday evening.
On several occasions, Klaus Iohannis said that he was pleased with the work of the DNA and its leadership,” a point of view that he further maintains,” the quoted source mentions.
President Klaus Iohannis will use all the constitutional prerogatives to ensure the functioning of an independent justice and to strengthen the rule of law, the Presidential Administration mentions.
PG Lazar to present point of view after Justice Ministry report publication
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar will present point of view about the proposal of Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to dismiss from office National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutor-in-chief Laura Codruta Kovesi, after the Justice Ministry publishes the report.
“Taking into account the media requests to present a point of view on the proposal of the Minister of Justice to dismiss the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, as well as on the report submitted in this respect, the Office for Information and Public Relations makes the following clarification: the General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice is to give a point of view on the two issues after the report of the Minister of Justice has been published and analysed,” reads a statement of the General Prosecutor’s Office sent to AGERPRES on Friday.
PG Lazar: There is no legal reason to remove Mrs Codruta Kovesi from office
Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice Augustin Lazar, reaffirms in a Facebook post, that there is no legal reason to remove from office Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi.
“Taking into account the Justice Minister’s decision to propose the removal from office of the prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate, Mr Augustin Lazar, the Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, reaffirms his constantly expressed position, in the sense that, there is no legal reason to dismiss Mrs Codruta Kovesi,” reads the post on the Facebook page of the Public Ministry.
UDMR’s Kelemen remains skeptical that DNA Chief Prosecutor’s dismissal is up next
Chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor said he is skeptical regarding the possibility that President Klaus Iohannis enforces the proposal of Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to dismiss the prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi.
“The conclusion after this analysis [the report regarding the managerial activity of the DNA] could be nothing but the minister’s conclusion, but I am skeptical that the next step will be the removal from office of the DNA prosecutor-in-chief. A few days ago, President Iohannis said he has no reason to do it [to dismiss the DNA Chief Prosecutor]. He is an extremely consistent man in all his statements and I don’t think that he will change, at this point, his attitude or standpoint and I believe that, from this point of view, this phase ended, to say so,” Kelemen stated on Thursday evening.
The UDMR Chairman believes that things could remain unchanged until the mandate of the DNA prosecutor-in-chief expires.
“Tudorel Toader started the removing procedure, but we know that President Iohannis has no reason to dismiss her. He said it. And Mrs Prosecutor stated that she had done her job correctly, perfectly, did no wrong, therefore, she has no reason to resign. I believe that things will remain this way, nothing will change and until she finishes her mandate, I don’t know, the next year or when the three-year mandate expires, things are to remain as we know them. This is my opinion,” Kelemen Hunor stated.
PNL’s spokesman Danca: Justice minister Toader’s arguments have no grounds; DNA’s Kovesi removal, inopportune
The removal from office of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA)’s head Laura-Codruta Kovesi is not opportune, said on Thursday evening the National Liberal Party (PNL)’s spokesman Ionel Danca, and the arguments of the Justice minister Tudorel Toader in this respect have no grounds.
“Tudorel Toader’s arguments don’t hold. The removal from office of the DNA’s chief prosecutor is not opportune. None of the arguments is sufficient,” Danca said.
USR demands resignation of JusMin Toader
The Save Romania Union (USR) condemns the political decision made by the Justice Minister to propose the dismissal of prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi and demands the immediate resignation of Tudorel Toader.
“For approximately one year, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, is trying to postpone this decision that the higher-ups of the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] demand, people that handed him the Justice protfolio, with the clear purpose to get rid of the threat of the cases they have in court and not to properly administer the rules after which the judiciary works. Tudorel Toader chose to observe the indications of his political chiefs and give a strong signal to Romania’s magistrates that from now on anyone who dares to investigate Liviu Dragnea’s gang of criminally charged people will be subjected to media and political harassment,” a release of the USR sent to AGERPRES on Thursday informs.
The Union mentions that it categorically rejects “this breach of the rule of law principles,” that have been “completely thrown into derision” through the Justice Minister.
“The USR conveys to the independent and honest magistrates, who are not intimidated by the PSD, that they have their support and that of the civil society, hundreds of thousands of Romanians who want a fair justice and equal law for all,” chairman of the USR Dan Barna stated, as quoted in the release.
The USR claims that, through his decision, Tudorel Toader “has compromised himself in front of magistrates and society and, even if the minister entered the Gov’t as independent, he became just an obedient instrument.”
Protest in Victoriei Square against proposal to dismiss DNA Chief Prosecutor
A few hundreds of persons gathered on Thursday evening in Victoriei Square, in order to protest against the initiation of the procedure for removing from office Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi, that was announced by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.
The protesters are waving tricolour and EU flags, while chanting slogans such as “Thieves, thieves!,” “DNA we will defend you!.”
The people started to gather around 19:00hrs and, one hour later, the gendarmes have installed fences to delimit the area where the protest takes place.
JusMin Toader presents 36-page report on the managerial activity at DNA. Tough criticism against the DNA head Codruta Kovesi: I will start procedures for removing from office Chief Prosecutor of DNA. DNA must continue to function legally, it doesn’t identify with the person who rules it