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ICCJ President Tarcea: I don’t believe the Justice Minister’s criticism has affected my reputation as magistrate

High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) President Cristina Tarcea says she does not believe the Justice Minister’s statements about her have affected her reputation as magistrate.

Asked on Tuesday, when leaving the Supreme Magistracy Council (CSM), whether the criticism that the Justice Minister has levelled against her is liable to affect her reputation as magistrate, Tarcea answered negatively.

“I don’t believe my reputation as magistrate has been affected,” the Supreme Court President said.

High Court of Cassation and Justice President Cristina Tarcea stated in an interview for RealitateaTV, while commenting the decision to dismiss from office DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, that the said decision was “politicised to an inadmissible degree,” declaring herself “intrigued.”

She added she does not believe it is normal for the dismissal from office initiative to start from the political environment and for a Justice Minister to notify the Constitutional Court over such an aspect.

Likewise, she announced she has given judges time until September 1 to substantiate all court decisions, stating in an interview for RealitateaTV that failure to meet that deadline would result in the notification of the Judicial Inspection.

Following these statements, she was criticised by both Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and PSD leader Liviu Dragnea.

“Does this mean it’s normal for a high-ranking judge to engage in politics? Does this mean it’s not normal for a minister to criticise a judge, but it’s normal for a judge to criticise a minister?”, Tudorel Toader reacted in a Facebook posting.

In his turn, Liviu Dragnea declared himself “shocked” by the statements made by the President of the Supreme Court, claiming that Tarcea “has said it clearly that pressure is being put for the substantiation, the trial, to be done faster,” and that this is clear pressure exerted on the judges handling his case, a case in which the court of first instance sentenced him to three and a half years in prison.

Asked for her comment on the accusations that the Justice Minister has levelled against her, High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) President Cristina Tarcea stated on Tuesday that she cannot comment on “how much someone understands and is able to understand.” The Head of the Supreme Court also stated that when she said that the decision regarding the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor was politicised her sole intention was to express her belief that the political must stay away from the judicial branch and if that means engaging in politics then she engages in politics: “If this means engaging in politics, well, I’m engaging in politics.” Likewise, asked if she believes she has become a target for Tudorel Toader, Cristina Tarcea said: “Oh, I don’t think the Justice Minister stoops down to my level, on no account.”




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