Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Thursday, when leaving the Public Ministry, that he will trigger the procedure to appoint the new Prosecutor General. “I will trigger the procedure to appoint the new Prosecutor General. The term expires at the end of April and the procedure will take place in the meantime, and in this way by the time it expires we will have a new Prosecutor General,” Toader stated.
Asked whether he has someone in mind, he said: “Well, we haven’t even triggered the procedure and now we have someone in mind? We will see who signs up and then we will see.”
Likewise, asked whether, in his opinion, the new Prosecutor General will be a judge who was formerly a prosecutor, Toader said: “So we have no way of knowing. Let us first see who signs up and we will select from among those signed up. Do you believe one can have a favourite before triggering the procedure?”.
Lazar, following Toader’s visit at Public Ministry: He has contacted a prosecutor who has representativity problems. He has admitted he has failed in his illegal demarches. He has come on tiptoe and lacks the courage to contact the Prosecutor General
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated on Thursday, after Justice Minister Tudorel Toader went to the Public Ministry and announced the triggering of the selection procedure for the office of Prosecutor General, that Toader has contacted a prosecutor who has representativity problems, and the Prosecutor General is the only one who can represent the Public Ministry. In his opinion, the Justice Minister has admitted he has failed in his illegal demarches. He claimed that the minister went there on tiptoe and did not have the courage to contact the Prosecutor General.
“The minister has just admitted he has failed in the illegal demarches he has made. The minister has admitted that the procedure for the next mandate must be started. The minister has come and has said that the Prosecutor General’s mandate ends and it must… this should have been done legally, the procedure should have been launched legally, from the Justice Ministry, as done legally, and then we should have had talks. No procedure has been officially launched, there is no serious procedure, we must first see an announcement that has behind it a procedure that is already launched, which has a legal character, and then you could ask me and other colleagues,” Lazar stated.
Asked whether he was summoned by the Justice Minister, Lazar said: “How could he summon me since he came at my institution? He didn’t summon me anywhere and, if I had to go, I would have thought where… he was certain I would not go where I would not have had to go. But if he has come within the Public Ministry, according to the law, the only one who can take a decision and who can represent the Public Ministry in relation with another representative of an institution, with the minister, is the Prosecutor General. He has contacted a prosecutor who has representativity problems within the Association of Prosecutors. That prosecutor must first clarify her representativity problems within that association. And that can be done via a General Assembly, not via an obscure combination in which we find out that President Gabor, the president of this association, has been put in the situation of resigning.”
Referring to Elena Iordache, whom Minister Toader said he met, Augustin Lazar stated she has representativity problems.
“The information of the day was not the fact that the minister has come here on tiptoe and did not have the courage to get in touch with the Prosecutor General, not this but the fact that the CSM is summoning magistrates to general assemblies in order to express their opinion on a legislative act suspected of being unconstitutional. The government emergency ordinance that has just been published and that will block the Public Ministry. We will no longer have a functional Public Ministry, to the joy of some,” the Prosecutor General concluded.
However, Toader stated he did not avoid Augustin Lazar during his visit at the Public Ministry, however he went there to meet Elena Iordache and Bogdan Licu, whom he met and then left.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader was at the Public Ministry’s headquarters on Thursday, stating he went there in order to see how prosecutors are carrying out their activity. On his arrival, he stated he was going to meet Elena Iordache, President of the Association of Romanian Prosecutors, and Deputy Prosecutor General Bogdan Licu.
“On my way out, I will probably tell you about an important measure I will soon take in what concerns the rule of law,” Toader stated.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced, on December 27, that he sent President Klaus Iohannis a request to dismiss the Prosecutor General.