There is the opinion that the future Head of DNA should come from its internal structure, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that in the past the Head of DNA was not from within
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Tuesday that the dossiers of the four candidates for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) will be verified today, that the interviews will take place on Thursday, and that a conclusion will be reached on Friday, stating, once again, that it is possible that none of the four candidates will qualify so the selection procedure might resume. Toader added that there is the opinion that the future Head of the DNA should come from its internal structure, but it should not be forgotten that in the past the Head of the DNA did not come from within the Directorate, just like the Head of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) is not from within that institution.
“Today, the Human Resources Directorate will verify the dossiers of the candidates, to see whether each dossier contains all the necessary pieces. Tomorrow (Wednesday – editor’s note), the members of the commission will study the dossiers, will analyse the managerial programmes. On Thursday, starting at 9 a.m., I will convene the members of the commission for interview, obviously the candidates too, after which we will hold the deliberation on Friday. On Friday we will reach a conclusion, on whose basis we will continue the procedure,” Toader stated on Tuesday morning at the Justice Ministry headquarters.
He reiterated the statements according to which it is very possible that one of the four candidates will be nominated for the leadership of the DNA, just as it is very possible that none of them will.
“We’ll see how they do at the interview, we’ll see the managerial programmes and then we will establish whether we have any candidate whose name we should forward to the Supreme Magistracy Council and the President. It is very possible that one of the four will be nominated, just as it is very possible that none will be nominated, so then we will resume the procedure – announcement, candidacies and interview all over again,” the Justice Minister stated.
Likewise, he stated that it is not mandatory for the future Head of the DNA to come from within the institution: “You shouldn’t forget one thing – there is this opinion, which seems to be shared by a majority, in the sense that the future Head of the DNA should come from the internal structure, but we shouldn’t forget that in the past the Head of the DNA did not come from within the structure, just like the Head of DIICOT is not from within the structure. They are prosecutors, they have experience and they can handle it.”
Concerning the responsibilities of the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA, Tudorel Toader said he/she should boost the people’s trust in the act of justice and there should no longer be innocent people placed under arrest.
“The future Chief Prosecutor of the DNA must improve the activity of the DNA, boost trust in the act of justice, there should no longer be innocent people arrested, indicted, there should no longer be guilty persons not indicted. What I was saying in the 20-point report (assessing the activity of the former Chief Prosecutor of the DNA) didn’t happen under the former leadership of the DNA,” Tudorel Toader added.
“There are four candidates for DNA leadership, but that does not mean the new Chief Prosecutor will be selected from among them. Toader: I could nominate none “
Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Monday evening that a prosecutor may be nominated following the interviews for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA, but nominating none of the four candidates is just as likely if they do not meet the criteria. In that case, the procedure would resume.
“I can’t declare them all winners, but I can nominate none for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA. It’s not my desire, but the appreciation of the fulfilment of legal criteria, pertaining to the managerial programme, that would show the mission of the prosecutors. It is possible that at the end of the period we would have one of the four nominated for the helm of the DNA, just like it is possible that none would meet the exigencies I mentioned and then we would resume the procedure,” the minister told Antena3.
Tudorel Toader also emphasised that he is convinced that far more prosecutors wanted the office of manager of the National Anticorruption Directorate, but they were influenced by the mentality according to which the winner is established before the competition.
“I’m convinced that, among the prosecutors who meet the legal conditions, among the prosecutors who wanted to become heads of the DNA, there is that mentality, opinion, according to which the nomination is a procedure whose winner is established beforehand. Since the previous nomination was made without a procedure, without competition, without contenders, without a commission, and we know well what we are talking about. That person was designated like that five years ago, to the detriment of a negative review from the CSM. Most likely, among prosecutors there is still this idea according to which the winner is known beforehand, even though I assure you the procedure will be transparent, based on legal criteria. We will see who meets the managerial exigencies to be nominated for the leadership of the DNA,” the Justice Minister added.
The Justice Minister officially announced, on Monday evening, the names of the prosecutors who have filed their bids in the race for the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA: : 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.
The candidates are set to hold, on July 25-27, an interview with Minister Tudorel Toader. The final result will be announced on July 30. The competition was organised after President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree dismissing from office DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.