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February 5, 2023
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Laura Codruta Kovesi tables appeal with Supreme Court against measure of judicial review

Former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head Laura Codruta Kovesi tabled on Friday an appeal with the High Court of Cassation and Justice against the measure of judicial review ordered against her by the prosecutors of the Judiciary Crime Investigation Section, in the file in which she is accused of service abuse, bribery, and false testimony in connection with the extradition of disgraced businessman Nicolae Popa, manager of a bankrupted National Investment Fund (FNI).

For the time being, the Supreme Court has not set a deadline for judging the appeal.

On Thursday, Laura Codruta Kovesi was placed under judicial control by prosecutors of the Judiciary Crime Investigation Section (SIIJ) in the file in which she is accused of abuse of office, bribery and false testimony in connection with the extradition of disgraced businessman Nicolae Popa, manager of a bankrupted National Investment Fund (FNI).

Kovesi is under several bans, she is not allowed to leave the country and talk to the press about the case she is being investigated in. She cannot work as a prosecutor at the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Laura Codruta Kovesi was heard on Thursday, more than six hours, at the SIIJ, and said she was forbidden to talk to the press, considering that this was a measure of “muzzling her.”

The case in which Laura Codruta Kovesi is accused was opened in December 2018 following a complaint by former deputy Sebastian Ghita who had fled to Serbia after being indicted in several corruption cases. Ghita claims that in 2011 Kovesi asked him to pay 200,000 euro for bringing disgraced trust fund manager Nicolae Popa, internationally wanted back then, from Indonesia on a flight.

Prosecutors with the Judiciary Crime Investigation Section (SIIJ) claim that Laura Codruta Kovesi asked for and received in 2011 268,689 lei from businessman Sebastian Ghita in connection with the extradition of Nicolae Popa

 

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