Minister Tudorel Toader said on Monday that a Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) on amnesty and pardoning is not under discussion or to be okayed at the Ministry of Justice.
Tudorel Toader had a meeting with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday, and was asked by journalists what he had discussed with the head of the Executive.
“The topic of the discussion with the prime minister: I informed the prime minister about what was discussed at the recently ended meeting [JHA Council] but, more importantly, we prepared the measures that we need to take, with which we must communicate, in view of exercising the presidency of the JHA Council,” Toader said.
The minister of justice was asked whether an emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardoning, about which there was information that it would be adopted on Tuesday, was also among the topics of the discussion.
“Let’s not talk about hypothetical situations. We do not have that in the Ministry of Justice, neither under the debate nor in the okaying phase,” Toader said.
He thus denies the allegations made by G4Media.ro, according to which talks have been held on Monday between the Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea, the Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, and the PM Viorica Dancila on an Emergency Ordinance on the pardon and amnesty of certain criminal deeds, after Dragnea allegedly insisted to ask for such a measure.
Vosganian: The Tuesday’s agenda of the Government’s meeting doesn’t include a GEO on the pardon and amnesty of certain criminal deeds. We haven’t initiated such a normative act
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) spokesman, MP Varujan Vosganian, stated on Monday that the Tuesday’s agenda of the Government’s meeting doesn’t include a GEO on the pardon and amnesty of certain criminal deeds, and mentioned that his party hasn’t promoted such a thing. “If it will be issued, the one to be asked about it is not me. We cannot answer to the question if somebody will initiate it or not. We are not the initiators of such a GEO” stated the ALDE deputy. The explanations were given in the circumstances in which there have been some meetings between the members of the Coalition on Monday, and some information has been revealed, according to which the Government is planning to adopt, at the Tuesday meeting, an Emergency Ordinance on the pardon and amnesty of certain criminal deeds.
“Tomorrow’s agenda (of the Government’s meeting – e.n.) doesn’t include a GEO on the pardon and amnesty (…), as we were informed by generous rumors. This week, no other Government’s meeting is scheduled, as far as I know. At the talks we had today within the Standing Bureau, where some of our colleagues raised this question, the answer we gave was this – no such GEO is scheduled for tomorrow’s meeting, and no other meeting is scheduled for this week”, Varujan Vosganian stated.
He also said that the political opportuneness of such a law wasn’t discussed with PSD, and ALDE hasn’t promoted such an Emergency Ordinance.
“We must see exactly what such a normative act provides. We haven’t talked with PSD on the political opportuneness, and anyway, we were not among the promotors of such a GEO (…), and such a GEO will not be issued. (…) What is certain is that we were not among the promotors of such a GEO, and it will not be issued at the Government’s meeting. (…) If it will, I am not the one you have to ask about it. We cannot answer if somebody will initiate it or not. We are not the initiators of such a GEO”, the ALDE MP added.
Orban: There is no constitutional basis to adopt an Emergency Ordinance on amnesty and pardon, there is no exceptional situation. Gov’t shouldn’t be Dragnea’s sickly lackey
Commenting the information circulating in the public space regarding an Emergency Ordinance that is being allegedly prepared by the Government to pardon and offer amnesty for some criminal offences, PNL leader Ludovic Orban says that there is no exceptional situation and no constitutional basis for the Government to adopt such an ordinance, and the Liberals warn the members of Government “not to be Dragnea’s lackeys and not to transpose into reality Dragnea’s sickly dreams.”
“PNL warns that there is no constitutional basis for the adoption of such an OUG [Government Emergency Ordinance]. In line with constitutional stipulations, emergency ordinances can be adopted by the Government in exceptional situations, when there are no other situations. There is no exceptional situation. The judicial laws have been debated in Parliament for a year and a half, the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code have been debated, as a result there are no grounds for the Government to modify, via OUG, laws that would affect the functioning of the judiciary as a whole,” Ludovic Orban stated on Monday.
PNL is asking the members of Government not to become Liviu Dragnea’s lackeys and not to put into practice his sickly dreams.
“We warn the members of Government not to be Dragnea’s lackeys and not to transpose into reality Dragnea’s sickly dreams. After all, responsibility for any administrative act of the Government falls on the members of the Government, not on instigators who seek to use any kind of institution of the Romanian state to solve their personal problems. Romania’s image already suffers, and Romania tends to become a problem-state at the level of the European Union, as a result of the trampling of the judicial laws and of the Criminal Code and of the Criminal Procedure Code,” Orban added.