Chief Prosecutor of Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi stated on Wednesday, in a speech that she delivered at the United Nations headquarters in New York, that the greatest challenge for Romania is maintaining the independence of judges and prosecutors.
“There have been repeated attempts to amend the anticorruption legislation in order to limit the legislative instruments used by the anti-graft prosecutors or the decriminalization of some actions. There have been situations when it was denied to lift the immunity of some politicians charged with corruption offenses. Besides these attempts, the entire system of justice was confronted with attacks through fake news or public statements aimed to weaken the confidence in justice. The greatest challenge of Romania is currently to maintain the independence of judges and prosecutors and the legislative stability, vital aspects so that the anti-graft prosecutors be efficient,” Kovesi stated in a speech that she delivered at a debate marking 15 years since the accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCC), according to a release of the DNA.
JusMin Toader: Acquittals, cases in which limitation period occurred or abuses are not fake news
Acquittals, legal conflicts of a constitutional nature, the cases in which the limitation period occurred or abuses are not “fake news”, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Wednesday evening, in relation to the affirmations made by the Chief Prosecutor of National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi at the United Nations.
“Numerous acquittals, especially of late, the three legal conflicts of a constitutional nature triggered in less than one year, the fact that in many cases the exoneration from criminal liability occurred and were not solved within that reasonable deadline, the buses we all see, the fact that one prosecutor or another was yesterday among the elites, praised, appreciated and today is in turn investigated for unjust repression are certainly not fake news. If we want to be honest, we must present the good and the bad that characterise the Romanian justice system, the good things and the bad things which characterise DNA. We should see whether in a rule of law the principle, the requirement, the public welfare which result from the rule of law allow for X well solved cases to tolerate numerous acquittals, abuses and all the rest. I don’t think so, as far as I am concerned,” Toader said at private TV broadcaster Romania TV.