Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar says that the time for summoning the President’s wife, Carmen Iohannis, to the Prosecution Office is only for the case prosecutor to decide.
Asked on Thursday, at the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM), when the President’s wife will be summoned again, Lazar pointed out that “justice is currently independent in Romania.”
“Neither me, nor you, I think, would want to interfere in the investigation proceedings carried out by a prosecutor who is sovereign in the case on his hands. In Romania, justice is currently independent,” Augustin Lazar said upon leaving the CSM headquarters.
Carmen Iohannis, the wife of President Klaus Iohannis, was summoned to the General Prosecution Office in November and December. In November she informed the prosecutors that she is unable to come because she was accompanying the head of state on a visit to the UK, and in December she cited health issues that prevented her from reporting to the General Prosecution Office.
The first lady was summoned for hearing in a case opened following a complaint filed by SC Jurindex Media SRL, the company managing the Lumeajustitiei.ro site, represented by journalist Razvan Savaliuc, against President Klaus Iohannis, his wife, Carmen Iohannis, as well as against notary Radu Gabriel Bucsa, for several accusations that include abuse of office, document forgery, money laundering and setting up an organized crime group.
The complaint was initially registered with the National Anti-corruption Directorate in May 2018, and then transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Alba Iulia Court of Appeal and subsequently to the General Prosecution Office.
The complaint shows that the Iohannis family refused to return to the state 320,000 euro obtained from renting out a building in Sibiu that was allegedly acquired illegally. In November 2015, the Brasov Court of Appeal ruled for the voiding of a contract for the sale of a Sibiu building owned by Klaus and Carmen Iohannis.