The Prosecutors’ Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy is discussing on Tuesday the Justice Minister’s request regarding the removal from office of prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi.
“In order to address the general interest overheated by the advisory opinion of the Superior Council of Magistracy, the Prosecutor Section informs the public opinion about scheduling a discussion, on Tuesday, at 14:00hrs, at the Council headquarters, regarding the Justice Minister’s request to dismiss chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate,” the Prosecutors’ Section of the CSM announced.
Present at the CSM sitting, Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi dismissed reasons put forward by Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader in his proposal to remove her from office as “unrealistic, untenable in any way, while some of them are simple claims that do not confirm anything from reality.”
“These grounds claimed are unrealistic, untenable in any way, and ungrounded, while some of them are just claims that do not confirm anything in reality. For some of the statements that I believe are extremely serious, there is no evidence, that is why I put my rebuttal, which I will unveil, in writing as well (…) I have submitted and prepared a report on the management activity carried out in 2016 – the first half of 2017 that was handed over to the Judicial Inspection, and to which, I am convinced, the minister of justice had access, but I did not find any of my arguments in the arguments that he presented,” Kovesi said.
PG Lazar at CSM: Request for revocation of DNA’s Chief Prosecutor must go through certain procedure to be valid
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated on Tuesday, upon entering the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) headquarters, that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader’s request to remove from office prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi must go through a certain procedure in order o be valid.
“We have to understand that it’s about a request for the removal from office drawn up by the Executive, a removal request that will be examined by the Prosecutor Section and we have to notice that, according to article 21, index 1 of the CSM Regulation, it must go through a certain procedure in order to be valid. If you were to consult article 21, index 1 everything is very clear,” Augustin Lazar stated.
From Chisinau, PM Dancila voices trust in JusMin Tudorel Toader, praises his performance on the job
Premier Viorica Dancila, addressing on Tuesday a press conference in Chisinau, expressed support for Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader, saying that she greatly trusts Toader and that the report on the assessment of the activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and anticorruption head Laura Codruta Kovesi was based on solid arguments.
“Minister Tudorel Toader is serving in my government, he is a very good minister, a member of the Venice Commission whom I greatly trust. Mr. Minister has tabled an assessment report from his point of view, a well-argued report which must follow its course, and it is for the judiciary to decide thereon. The final answer, of course, rests with Mr. President Iohannis,” Dancila said.
She underscored that “nobody should interfere with justice, neither political factors, nor anything else.”
“Justice must be independent and do its duty,” the PM underscored.