Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Monday that he sent the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) a letter asking that he be told whether the statements made by Drago Kos, head of OECD’s anticorruption structure, were made in his personal capacity or on behalf of the OECD. Drago Kos had stated in an interview for ziare.com that the CCR decision on the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor contravenes the balance of state powers and the independence of the judicial system.
“In order to clarify whether the statements attributed to Mr Kos were made in his personal capacity or on behalf of the OECD, I’ve sent the letter to the OECD!” the Justice Minister announced on Facebook.
Justice Minister announced on Saturday that he will turn to the OECD in order for the Organisation to officially inform him whether Drago Kos’s statements, according to which the CCR decision on the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor runs counter to the balance of state powers and to the independence of the judicial system, were made in his personal capacity or on behalf of the OECD. “Threats from the OECD or domestic manipulations? On Monday morning, I will turn to the OECD to officially communicate whether Mr Drago Kos’s statements were made in his personal capacity or on behalf of the OECD,” Toader wrote on Facebook.
“In an article published on June 1, it is stated that Mr Drago Kos made, on behalf of the OECD, a series of statements of great gravity regarding the Constitutional Court of Romania. At the same time, the same publication quotes statements – attributed to the same source, likewise on behalf of the OECD – according to which “your Justice Minister will soon learn, the hard way, that he is in great error.” Given the gravity of these statements, as well as similar experiences when some organisations, such as GRECO, were attributed positions that were subsequently not confirmed, I consider it absolutely necessary, for the correct information of public opinion, that the requested clarification be made,” the Justice Minister wrote.
In an interview published by ziare.com on Friday, Drago Kos, head of the anticorruption structure of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, stated that “the CCR’s recent decision obviously contravenes the balance of powers in your country and the independence of the judiciary.”
“I can’t avoid the feeling that it is a deliberate action, since I have seen before such strange interferences of constitutional courts from the Balkans in the anticorruption fight in recent years. Romanian magistrates have clarified that they will not return to the old times when politicians were telling them what to do. The international community will support them in this regard. The DNA is one of the success stories in the anticorruption fight at global level. Its functioning and results are a case study for generations of students all over the world. The current Romanian Government does not want to continue the fight against high-level corruption and is doing everything to find an excuse in this sense. Your Justice Minister will soon learn, the hard way, that he is in great error. I’m sorry that the country’s image stands to suffer because of his impulsive statements,” Kos added, according to ziare.com.