The deadline for lodging bids for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) expired on Monday, at 5.30 p.m., four candidates doing so before the deadline expired: Florentina Mirica, head of the DNA’s Service for Combating Corruption within the Judiciary, who handled one of the dossiers involving ex-Deputy Premier Gabriel Oprea; DNA Deputy Chief Prosecutor Marius Iacob; Elena Grecu, head of the DNA’s Penal Section; Cristian Lazar, Deputy Chief of the Section for Criminal Prosecution and Criminology of the Prosecutor General’s Office. All three bids were filed on Monday. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had stated on Monday morning that, in his opinion, the reason why candidacies for the helm of the DNA had not been filed until then was because some prosecutors consider that the appointment will be done like in the past, based on political arrangements and also because prosecutors “know very well the reality within the DNA, where a lot of work is needed to place the Directorate within constitutional parameters, to make it work normally and to restore the Romanians’ trust in this institution.”
Toader: New Chief Prosecutor will have to reorganise the institution in line with the judicial laws
On Monday morning, Toader said that the next Chief Prosecutor of the DNA will have to reorganise the Directorate in line with the new judicial laws.
“We have almost 2,950 prosecutors, some are young and do not meet at least the legal condition. Two elements are being assessed. The objective element, for instance meeting the seniority condition, and the personal element, maybe some want to undertake this great, great responsibility. The next Chief Prosecutor will have to reorganise the DNA in line with the new judicial laws, because you can no longer take a prosecutor from the prosecutor’s office attached to the court, one who says you should suspend the CCR [Constitutional Court] decisions, and appoint him prosecutor within the DNA. An age limit has been introduced. He/she will have to reorganise, to re-establish the DNA within the parameters of legal, constitutional prerogatives, to conduct a managerial assessment, and then we will see. If Ms Jurma wants this responsibility, she will undertake it, we will see what happens. I have called on the prosecutors who want this responsibility to sign up to restore the DNA within the limits of the law,” Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated.
Florentina Mirica handled the Limousine Case in which Gabriel Oprea was indicted
Florentina Mirica, the head of the DNA’s Service for Combating Corruption within the Judiciary, is the first prosecutor who filed her bid for the leadership of the DNA on Monday morning.
Mirica is handling the CNAS dossier in which 90 employees of the Health Insurance House (CNAS), businessmen and homecare companies are being investigated. Likewise, she handled the dossier in which ex-Deputy Premier Gabriel Oprea and several officers from the Department for Intelligence and Internal Protection (DIPI) were indicted for abuse of office.
On 11 May 2016, former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea was indicted by the DNA in the dossier concerning a luxury car bought by DIPI for the protection of dignitaries and used by Oprea. Former DIPI heads Gheorghe Nicolae, Nelu Zarnica, Nicolae Pavel and Danut Iacob are also indicted in the same case, the damage standing at RON 410,000.
At the same time, Mirica handled several dossiers given media coverage, including the ones concerning judge Stan Mustata and businessman Dinel Staicu.
Moreover, Florentina Mirica was among the hundreds of prosecutors who signed, two months ago, an open letter asking for the observance of the independence of the judiciary.
In 2014, then-DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi appointed Florentina Mirica at the helm of the DNA’s Service for Combating Corruption within the Judiciary.
Iacob: I came to file my bid, that’s all I have to say
Prosecutor Marius Iacob, Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) showed up at the Justice Ministry headquarters on Monday to file his bid for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA. He was the second candidate who showed up at the Ministry on Monday, the last day of registration, after DNA Prosecutor Florentina Mirica. “I came to file my bid. That’s all I have to say,” Marius Iacob stated when entering the Justice Ministry.
Florentina Mirica was the other prosecutor who had filed her bid for the leadership of the DNA on Monday morning.
Cristian Lazar, from the Prosecutor General’s Office, showed up at JM to file bid for DNA leadership
Cristian Lazar, from the Prosecutor General’s Office, showed up at the Justice Ministry headquarters on Monday, to file his bid for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate. He was the third candidate to enter the race for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA.
Cristian Lazar is currently Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Section for Criminal Prosecution and Criminology of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Elena Grecu is the fourth candidate for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA
Prosecutor Elena Grecu is the fourth candidate to enter the race for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA. She showed up, on Monday, at the Justice Ministry’s headquarters to file her bid.
Elena Grecu is DNA prosecutor and previously worked for the prosecutor’s office attached to the Constanta Court of Appeals.