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September 30, 2022

CSM postpones again decision in case in which Kovesi is probed for refusal to go before cttee

The Supreme Magistracy Council’s (CSM) Section for Prosecutors has postponed, for July 11, its decision in the disciplinary action in which National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi is being probed for her refusal to go before a parliamentary committee.

Laura Codruta Kovesi was heard by the Section for Prosecutors on June 13, for approximately two hours.

In April, the Judicial Inspection started a disciplinary action against Laura Codruta Kovesi, concerning her refusal to go before Parliament’s special inquiry committee. The Inspection’s report was sent to the CSM’s Section for Prosecutors.

“The Judicial Inspection exercised the disciplinary action towards Ms Laura Codruta Kovesi, Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (“DNA”), for behaviour that harms the professional honour and prestige of the institution, exhibited while on duty or off duty, and for failure to observe the decisions of the Constitutional Court, disciplinary offences stipulated by Article 99, Sections a) and s) of Law no.303/2004. The substantiation of the action has pointed out that the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA has infringed upon the explicit directives of Constitutional Court Decision no.611/3 November 2017, by refusing to go before the House and Senate’s special committee of inquiry into the aspects pertaining to the way the 2009 elections were organised and to the results of the presidential elections, and by refusing to place at the committee’s disposal the documents or evidence in her possession, useful for the activity of the committee,” a Judicial Inspection press release pointed out at the time.

Overall, Laura Codruta Kovesi has been targeted by three disciplinary actions. One of the disciplinary actions that the Judicial Inspection had started against the DNA Chief Prosecutor has been rejected, namely the case in which Laura Codruta Kovesi was probed for allegedly appointing, as member of an audit team, a magistrate who was incompatible with that capacity.

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