JUSTICE POLITICS

Toader: Ministry of Justice does not transmit draft laws directly to Parliament but to Government

The Ministry of Justice does not transmit the draft laws directly to the Parliament, minister Tudorel Toader said on Thursday, who came with a series of clarifications “for those who are keen on the truth”, stating that “necessary distinctions” should be made between the draft laws worded by the Ministry of Justice and the views, opinions or proposals submitted directly to the parliamentary committees.

According to him, during the year 2017, the Ministry of Justice drew up two draft laws: the amendment to the Criminal Code in the sense of agreeing with the decisions of the Constitutional Court, as well as the transposition of the extended confiscation Directive and the draft law amending the Criminal Procedure Code, in the sense of agreeing with the decisions of the Constitutional Court, as well as the transposition of the Directive on strengthening the presumption of innocence.

”The two draft laws were adopted by the Government and transmitted to Parliament. Subsequently, none of the solutions proposed by the two bills was declared unconstitutional. We should make the necessary distinctions between the draft laws worded by the Ministry of Justice and the views / opinions / proposals submitted directly to the parliamentary committees,” Tudorel Toader wrote on Facebook.

 

“I wouldn’t mind if PSD didn’t turn to me for high treason complaint against Iohannis”

 

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said in an interview broadcast on Tuesday by Antena 3 private television station that, for now, he wasn’t called to offer counseling regarding the complaint for high treason against President Klaus Iohannis, however, he added that he wouldn’t mind if this thing didn’t happen.

“Of course, I know it’s not hard to throw an anathema like that about somebody, but I will respect my limits of competence, my limits as Minister of Justice. It was said there that X and Y shall drawn-up the draft and then turn to me for counseling. So far, they didn’t turn to me. I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t turn to me. I haven’t seen such a draft,” Toader stated, when asked about this complaint.

On the other hand, Toader stated that President Klaus Iohannis is not as well advised in matters concerning justice as former President Traian Basescu. “The president back then was better advised than the current president. The president back then – don’t you think that he is one of my weaknesses – he had a flair, he felt things and presented them in a least credible manner. The President today, I have nothing against him, but he does not have this flair, this social skill – he harshly tells you ‘I do not agree with … but I’m going to do some research.’ Well, you must do research when making statements and giving a solution,” Toader said.

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated on 20 December that the complaint for high treason against President Klaus Iohannis will be lodged in the beginning of 2019.

“Yes, next year [the complaint will be lodged]. (…) In the beginning of next year, we’ll see if it gets done during the parliamentary holiday or after the beginning of the parliamentary session. We are going to have a response these days,” Dragnea said at the Palace of Parliament.

Dragnea requested, at the National Council of the PSD, to Social-Democrat deputies Florin Iordache and Mircea Draghici to file a criminal complaint for high treason against President Klaus Iohannis.

“Some Romanian MEPs traitors voted near the Greater Union Centennial against our country, against Romania, continuously lying and presenting a totally and completely different reality about what is going on in Romania. They had no hesitation, they didn’t flinch. And they further insist to hurt Romania. Because they say ‘that’s the way it has to be.’ The CVM [the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism] should further be maintained, don’t put us in Schengen, as many punishments as possible be applied to Romania until we come to power, because when we come to power, namely the government of technocrats (…) you do not need to do anything, because we will give you everything, anyway. (…) Above all these actions of these Romanian MEPs, Romanian citizens, above all, there is Iohannis, who says for a very long time, in a manner which betrays Romania’s interests, that the Government of Romania, Romania is not ready to take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This is an act of national treason, of the national interests of this country practiced by Klaus Werner Iohannis,” Dragnea stated at the PSD’s National Council meeting.

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