House lawmaker Catalin Radulescu (PSD) stated on Tuesday, for RFI, that European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, “a great admirer of Mrs Kovesi,” has “brutally” interfered in our country’s domestic politics, including in its criminal policy, on many occasions. Referring to Kovesi, Radulescu reiterated that the PSD does not want to politicise the subject but claimed that: “having 18 criminal dossiers – Mr Timmermans, a great admirer of Mrs Kovesi, should pay notice –, you can’t run for an office for which your Government doesn’t support you.”
“He has interfered – many times – in our country’s domestic politics, including in its criminal policy. He was warned not only by Romania and the PSD but also by Poland, Czechia and Hungary. Mr Timmermans is doing what he shouldn’t be doing, namely, instead of discussing – as Romania’s partner – and listening to all sides and leaving these policies up to the parties that win the elections, he is brutally intervening in what he shouldn’t be intervening,” Catalin Radulescu stated for RFI.
The House lawmaker said that the Kovesi dossier should not be politicised.
“We want to allow this case to be handled by prosecutors, just like any other previous case should have been handled, without public media coverage, European media coverage or so forth. So, it’s a normal case of a person, like any other person who has 18 criminal dossiers, 18 criminal complaints, which they must resolve. (…) We don’t want to politicise this subject,” Radulescu stated.
He claimed that Laura Codruta Kovesi has joined the category of lawbreakers.
“In 2012-2015, she was telling us that the lawbreakers – she has joined this category of lawbreakers; we didn’t like this term, but she and President Iohannis liked it very much – should take a step back. So then, having 18 criminal dossiers – Mr Timmermans, a great admirer of Mrs Kovesi, should pay notice –, you can’t run for an office for which your Government doesn’t support you,” the lawmaker added.
Asked why is it that back when Liviu Dragnea was heard at the DNA Social Democrat leaders were complaining of a political dossier and were showing up on the steps of the DNA headquarters to support him, while in Kovesi’s case the PSD says we should allow the judiciary to do its job, the Social Democratic lawmaker said: “I was one of the persons who went to support President Dragnea. Recall, after two and a half years, so the dossiers on his name were opened in 2012, and we were on the steps in 2015… not on the steps, on the street across the DNA, because there are no steps there… so after two and a half years, period in which we noticed that instead of working without protocols, without illegal wiretaps, without mixed teams, without lying witnesses and counterfeit [sic] denouncers, the judiciary was not working, the judiciary had become a judiciary manoeuvred by Klaus Iohannis, to whom Mr Coldea and Mrs Kovesi had given the control panel in order to bring the political class – PSD in particular – to its knees, to destroy the PSD, because this was his desire and the desire of others from abroad, and to destroy the media, important people from the media, the important media corporations which were not submitting to him, Romanian businessmen. This is what we noticed, and what the people saw.”
European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans has stated that the fight against corruption should not slow down in Romania and he praised former DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, whom he called an excellent prosecutor.
“There can be no relenting in the fight against corruption in Romania. There can be no amnesty for corrupt politicians who have been convicted before the courts. I have been quite brutal with the Romanians on this and I will continue to be clear on that. In what concerns fighting against corruption, in my experience Ms Kovesi did an excellent job over the years so she is a very good prosecutor. I could testify that I’ve seen her at work and that I think she’s an excellent prosecutor. She’s done a very courageous job in Romania,” Timmermans stated according to a recording posted on the Twitter account of Euronews.
Kovesi tops the short list of candidates for the office of Chief European Prosecutor. She will be heard by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Justice Committee on February 26. The European Council and European Parliament will have the last say by mutual agreement.