The Prosecutors’ Section of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) decided on Wednesday that former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head Laura Codruta Kovesi will continue her prosecutor activity at the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Sibiu.
According to the CSM decision, Kovesi has been on the DIICOT Sibiu payrolls starting 9 July 2018.
The decision to assign Kovesi comes after Romanian President Klaus Iohannis issued on Monday the decree dismissing her from the helm of the DNA, in line with the Constitutional Court’s decision, the announcement being made by Presidential Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi.
“I can tell you that I’ve taken note of the decree dismissing me from the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA and, starting today (Monday – editor’s note), I will no longer work within the National Anticorruption Directorate. I will remain a prosecutor,” Laura Codruta Kovesi stated shortly after the announcement regarding the dismissal from office.
Lazar on another appointment for Kovesi: We may think about an activity that brings a contribution within the PICCJ
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated on Wednesday, at the head offices of the Supreme Magistracy Council (CSM), when asked whether he considers delegating Laura Codruta Kovesi on an office other than the one as DIICOT prosecutor, that there may be talks regarding an activity that would bring a contribution within the Public Ministry.
“The prosecutors who conclude their activity at the DNA usually continue their activity within the Public Ministry, using the experience they gained at the DNA. It’s very possible we may think about an activity that would be good and that would bring a plus to the Public Ministry given the experience gained at the DNA. We will see in the following period,” Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated.
Augustin Lazar after Laura Codruta Kovesi’s dismissal from office: Prosecutors are concerned about what will follow, it’s a sensitive situation
The Prosecutor General added that prosecutors are concerned about the situation generated, which is sensitive, however that does not prevent them from continuing to defend the rule of law.
“Constitutional Court decisions are mandatory and must be enforced. Prosecutors are concerned about the situation generated, but this concern does not prevent them from fulfilling their role in defending the rule of law. It’s a sensitive situation we see around us, I don’t have to describe it. Today, the Section for Prosecutors will decide where [Laura Codruta Kovesi] will carry out her activity. Up next, we will see a prosecutor with considerable experience within the DNA,” the Prosecutor General stated.
Augustin Lazar also emphasised that the future Chief Prosecutor of the DNA will have a sensitive mission.
“The future Chief Prosecutor of the DNA will have a sensitive mission that will challenge him/her to show his/her level of expertise and the contribution he/she could bring to boosting confidence in the institution. (…) It’s a sensitive situation in which prosecutors are concerned about what will come next,” Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar added.
Prosecutor General explains Anca Jurma’s delegation at helm of DNA: She’s balanced, she doesn’t have to excel in probes
The Prosecutor General pointed out he delegated Anca Jurma for the office of acting Chief Prosecutor of the DNA because she is a balanced and experienced prosecutor who does not have to excel in probes in order to ensure the continuity of the Directorate’s activity.
“She is an experienced person, an experienced DNA prosecutor, a diplomat of the Public Ministry, the vice president of the international anticorruption network of Europe and she is very well known both at European level and domestically. She is a balanced prosecutor that doesn’t have to excel in probes, because there are investigators. What the DNA is reproached for publicly now is certainly not its incisiveness and probes. There are plenty of prosecutors to carry out probes, there must also be prosecutors that ensure balance, take wise, balanced measures at this moment, which is a very sensitive moment,” Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar said.
As a consequence of the decree through which President Klaus Iohannis dismissed from office the Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, and of its publication in the Official Journal, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar issued on Monday the order delegating DNA prosecutor Anca Jurma to that office, the Prosecutor General’s Office informs.
Prosecutor Anca Jurma was head of the international cooperation service for two terms, and was subsequently Laura Codruta Kovesi’s aide, however she has not handled criminal dossiers in over 10 years.
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar appoints Kovesi to serve as delegated prosecutor with Supervision & Control Service of General Prosecution Office
Former head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi was appointed on Wednesday by Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar to serve as delegated prosecutor with the Supervision and Control Service of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice.
“Following the decision of the Prosecutors’ Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) with regard to the continuation of Mrs. Laura Codruta Kovesi’s activity after her removal from the position of Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, Mr. Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, head of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, delegated her through Order No. 1.412 of July 11 to the position of prosecutor with the Supervision and Control Service of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, starting July 11,” the General Prosecution Office said in a release.
The cited source said that Laura Codruta Kovesi will be responsible for the implementation with the Public Prosecution Office of the 2016 – 2020 National Anticorruption Strategy.
“Having in view the professional experience acquired so far, the prosecutor shall fulfill responsibilities related to the implementation, with the Public Prosecution Office, of the 2016 – 2020 National Anticorruption Strategy approved under Government Decision No. 583 of 2016, specifically updating anti-corruption strategies as well working out sectoral strategies for prosecution offices in accordance with the institution’s strategic goals and priority areas as set forth in the 2016 – 2020 Strategy of the Public Prosecution Office,” the release said.