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January 23, 2022

Iordache on abuse of office: If there is damage that doesn’t mean there must be a criminal case

Florin Iordache, chairman of the committee on the judicial laws, has stated that the amendments to the Criminal Code that concern abuse of office will be debated and voted in an expedited manner, pointing out that if damage is caused through this offence that does not mean there must also be a criminal case.

“We want to close once and for all this definition of abuse of office, because too many abuses have taken place lately and they were food for thought. We will discuss, I understand there is a minimal threshold proposal from the Justice Ministry but, I repeat, it’s very important for abuses to no longer exist. If there is damage that doesn’t mean there must be a criminal case. There will be a civil case, the money is recovered and that’s it,” House lawmaker Florin Iordache (PSD) stated for Antena3 on Sunday.

On Thursday, the members of the special parliamentary committee postponed the debate and vote on the amendments concerning abuse of office. The next meeting of the special committee will take place at 10.30 a.m. on Monday.

The current provisions of the Criminal Code regarding abuse of office read: “the guilty act committed by the civil servant who, while exercising his/her prerogatives, fails to carry out an action or carries it out deficiently and thus causes damage or harms the legitimate rights or interests of a natural or legal person is punishable by 2-7 years in prison and the interdiction of the right to hold public office.”

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