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January 16, 2021
JUSTICE POLITICS

PNL and USR notify Constitutional Court about bill amending Code

PNL and USR announced on Thursday that they have notified the Constitutional Court about the bill that has amended the Criminal Procedure Code. House lawmaker Ioan Cupsa (PNL) said that the notification refers to more than 50 unconstitutional articles, some of them unclear or almost unreadable, and more than 20 articles that “show legislative parallelism.” In his turn, House lawmaker Stelian Ion (USR) claimed that the CCR decision on this bill will be one of the most highly-awaited, as it represents an opportunity “to knock the wind out of these persons who want to encourage crimes and favour the criminals.”

“We are notifying the CCR about the law amending the Criminal Procedure Code. This law is a veritable law favouring the criminal, because, among the hundreds of amendments that PSD-ALDE have tabled, that they have passed, you will find not even one amendment showing that they are concerned in any way with protecting the legitimate rights and freedoms of all citizens of good faith. Our criticism is grounded. (…) There are more than 50 articles that are unconstitutional in the form in which they were adopted, they are unclear, some of them almost unreadable. To an equal extent, there are at least 25-26 legislative texts that are contradictory or show a legislative parallelism that infringes upon the law which regulates the way in which we, parliamentarians, must legislate. What is happening is of unprecedented gravity. It seems they are preoccupied exclusively with the fate of criminals in this country,” Ioan Cupsa announced.

At the same time, House lawmaker Stelian Ion (USR) claimed that the Court’s decision on this bill will be one of the most highly-awaited, because it is an opportunity “to knock the wind out of those persons who want to encourage crimes and favour the criminals.”

“Indeed, following the joint effort of the USR and the colleagues from PNL, we managed to finalise this variant of the constitutional challenge. It will be one of the most highly-awaited decisions that the CCR will take in the upcoming period, because the CCR has the opportunity to knock the wind out of these persons who want to encourage crimes and favour the criminals. We have brought very many arguments. I have the conviction that very many of them will be allowed and will be accepted by the CCR, because many of them are so flagrant that it is absolutely impossible for a jurist with minimum training in the field not to understand and accept our arguments. We are talking about the fact that these procedural provisions cannot be rendered retroactive, they are not penal norms of substantial criminal law. We are talking about the fact that one cannot reopen trials that have already been tried for good, one cannot issue laws with inscription,” Stelian Ion explained.

The PSD-ALDE-UDMR bill amending the Criminal Procedure Code was adopted on Monday evening by the House, as decisive Chamber, after several hours of debates.

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