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General Prosecutor’s Office: The IJ report on the checks made at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Alba Iulia Court of Appeal regarding the settlement of certain cases related to Iohannis doesn’t identify any issue to be imputed to Lazar or to any other prosecutor

General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar rejects that “false statements” on the existence of any relationship with the Romanian President outside the institutional framework. The Judicial Inspection’s (IJ) report on the checks made at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Alba Iulia Court of Appeal regarding the settlement of certain cases related to Iohannis doesn’t identify any issue to be imputed to Augustin Lazar, who was, at that time, the head of the above mentioned Prosecutor’s Office, or to any other prosecutor, according to the General Prosecutor’s Office. In his capacity of the head of that institution, Lazar distributed the cases according to the specialization and signed the forwarding letter of one of the decisions.

“The General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ), Mr. Augustin Lazar, firmly rejects the false statements attempting to accredit in the public space the idea of the existence of a relationship with the Romanian President outside the institutional framework. The General Prosecutor of PICCJ appreciates that not requesting an opinion by certain media institutions, a minimal professional diligence, represents a clue on the lack of interest in presenting the truth and inform the public opinion correctly”, reads a press release sent by the General Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday.

According to the quoted source, the Judicial Inspection’s report on the checks performed at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Alba Iulia Court of Appeal regarding the manner to settle certain cases related to Klaus-Werner Iohannis, “does not identify any issue likely to be imputed to Mr. Augustin Lazar in his capacity of the General Prosecutor of PCA Alba Iulia or to any other prosecutor of this Prosecutor’s Office”.

“The Judicial Inspection’s report found that the criminal denouncements no.595/P/2014 and 625/P/2014 have been distributed to the case prosecutors by Mr. Augustin Lazar, who was the General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Alba Iulia Court of Appeal, and he signed the forwarding letter of the decision to the complainant in the case no.595/P/2014, certifying the legality and the grounds of the solution”, the press release reads.

Also, according to the quoted source, both cases have been distributed to the two prosecutors by the General Prosecutor according to the specialization and the preliminary orders regarding the distribution of the duties, as well as according to the exercise of the relevant attributions of the position relating to management, coordination and verification of the activity of the subordinated prosecutors. Thus, according to the provisions of Art.7 lett. I of the Roles of Internal Order of the Prosecutors’ Offices, approved by the Justice Minister’s Order no.2632/C/2014, the General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to a Court of Appeal “distributes the criminal cases and the other registered works to the prosecutors according to the provisions set by Art.18 par.(3) let. B), which apply accordingly”.

According to the same source, in both cases, there haven’t been incompatibility situations of the prosecutors, and the issued decisions haven’t been infirmed later, proving to be rightful and legal. Also, in his capacity of the head of the Prosecutor’s Office, Augustin Lazar signed the forwarding letter of one of the decisions.

“Regarding the false statements according to which the two cases were closed ‘during the presidential elections silently, secretly, without anyone to know about it’, the conclusions of the Judicial Inspection’s Report no.7996/IJ/1972/DIP/2018 of January 8, 2019, are that the reasonable settlement terms have been observed in all the criminal cases in which decisions on the merits related to Mr. Klaus-Werner Iohannis have been issued, and prosecutors acted in order to check the competence to work on the cases with celerity. Considering the slanderous statements and false information on his work, launched by certain media institutions, starting form a report issued by the Judicial Inspection that does not identify any imputable issue, the General Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice reserves the right to make use of all the legal ways in order to recover the image damage caused to him”, the PICCJ release also reads.

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