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May 17, 2021

PG Lazar rejects request filed by Kovesi for recusal of Magistrates’ Investigation Section head

Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar rejected on Monday the request filed by Laura Codruta Kovesi aimed at recusing the head of the Magistrates’ Investigation Section, Gheorghe Stan.

“By the ordinance of February 18, 2019, the Prosecutor General of PICCJ [Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, ed.n.] has ordered the rejection of the request filed by the person in question [Laura Kovesi, ed.n.] as being suspect in a case filed by the Judiciary Crime Section, since Article 67 paragraph (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code the legislator expressly stipulated the impossibility to recuse the prosecutor called upon to decide on the recusal,” reads a reply of the Prosecutor General’s Office sent to Agerpres.

Former head of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, said on 15 February that she had filed two appeals with the Prosecutor General’s Office for the recusal of prosecutor Adina Florea and the head of the Magistrates’ Investigation Section.

Kovesi said on the same day that she had never discussed with now fugitive media mogul Sebastian Ghita the extradition of disgraced businessman Nicolae Popa.

She went to the Prosecutor General’s Office on February 15, when she was informed of allegations in a court file opened on her name following the submission of a complaint by Sebastian Ghita. Ghita claimed that in 2011 Kovesi asked him to pay 200,000 euros for Nicolae Popa, the disgraced manager of a bankrupted National Investment Fund (FNI) and internationally wanted now, to be flown in Romania.

The case in which Laura Codruta Kovesi is accused opened in December 2018 following a complaint by disgraced media mogul and a former lawmaker Sebastian Ghita. He fled to Serbia after being sued in several corruption cases.

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