Former Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has confirmed on Facebook the statements made by Premier Viorica Dancila, pointing out that no government emergency ordinance (GEO) on amnesty and pardon ended up on the table of the Government because he refused to adopt draft GEOs drawn up in other “think tanks.”
“I confirm the Premier’s statements! No draft GEO on amnesty and pardon ended up on the Government’s table. The JM [Justice Ministry] did not draw up any draft GEO on amnesty and pardon. I refused to adopt any of the draft GEOs on amnesty and pardon drawn up in other ‘think tanks,’” former Justice Minister Tudorel Toader wrote on Facebook on Wednesday morning.
The ex-minister’s reaction comes after Premier Viorica Dancila said that a draft government emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardon was never on her table. Referring to the draft judicial bills, she said she did not want to jeopardise Romania and see Article 7 triggered, refusing to point out who was insisting on them.
“I will be very honest. This was an opinion within the PSD, that we should issue a GEO on certain aspects regarding the judiciary. Since we didn’t, I didn’t even see the articles. I didn’t see them because I always felt it would be a vulnerability for us, for the country, if the Government were to issue these ordinances. Maybe some of the aspects were necessary. I’ve seen that certain abuses were also made, the rights of some people were violated. People must matter to us. I didn’t judge from the standpoint of whether the GEOs were fair or not. Maybe some measures must be adopted. Even the media and the NGOs must see what the reality is. As Premier, I thought that for me the country is important. I thought that I cannot jeopardise Romania so that Article 7 would be triggered. I thought about Romania’s image,” Viorica Dancila said.
Asked whether the insistence on the GEO on Criminal Codes was coming from Liviu Dragnea, Dancila added: “I don’t want to return to Liviu Dragnea’s insistences. There were several insistences. I don’t want to point the finger at Mr Liviu Dragnea now, he is not here and cannot confirm or deny. It wouldn’t be fair on my part. I never received this document. There was a discussion on amnesty and pardon. A wave had formed, not only on the part of the PSD. At DNA Ploiesti, Oradea. There was a wave. When what happened at DNA Ploiesti was seen. A wave formed in society, but there was no constraint to issue the amnesty and pardon. I never had a document on amnesty and pardon on the Government’s table, something that Mr Tudorel Toader can also confirm.”