As much as 98.7 per cent of the murder cases in 2018 were solved by the police, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan stated on Thursday, at the meeting for the assessment of the activity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs last year.
“In what concerns the citizens’ safety, 2018 was the 7th consecutive year when we recorded a drop in the number of committed and notified crimes. Moreover, in what concerns the fight against severe crimes, involving violence, it stands at the same level of the previous year, but I want to specify that the solved murder cases rate reached 98.7 per cent. More than 70 per cent of the crimes were considered flagrant crimes, which shows that the policemen and the gendarmers were there on the streets, at the right time and moment, when they were needed,” said Dan.
She also added that crimes committed on the streets, including robbery, dropped in 2018 by 12 per cent against 2017.
“In what safety on roads is concerned, the number of severe car crashes and the death toll decreased against 2017, although the number of people who died in car accidents remained pretty high,” specified the Minister of Interior.
On August 10 file: I recommend Prosecutor General’s Office to find the guilty based on evidence
The Ministry of Interior on January 31 submitted to the Prosecutor General’s Office all the documents (declassified in full or in part) regarding the August 10, 2018, events, and the prosecutors should “search for the guilty based on evidence, instead of giving us excuses,” Interior Minister Carmen Dan stated on Friday.
“All documents declassified in full or in part were submitted to the Prosecutor General’s Office on January 31, representing evidence in this file. I invite all those interested in these documents to ask the Prosecutor General’s Office, because only the prosecutors can determine if the evidence in the file can be made public or not. From now on, any claim by the Prosecutor General’s Office that the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not declassify the documents and therefore they can not complete the investigation, I will suspect it’s not true. And I recommend the Prosecutor General ‘s Office to search for the guilty based on evidence instead of giving us excuses,” Dan said at the meeting for the assessment of the MAI activity last year.
She argued that the Interior Ministry (MAI) is the first institution that wants to see the August 10 issue clarified, and the same the Romanian Gendarmerie, which “has been facing serious denigration campaigns and felt a huge pressure all this time.”
The Interior Minister said that it is not possible to put a label on an institution for the actions of several gendarmes. The Romanian Gendarmerie ranks third in the top of Romanians’ trust in state institutions, according to an opinion poll, Dan noted.