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Caracal case. DIICOT’s Banila: So far we don’t have clear evidence that the girls are dead

DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism) chief-prosecutor Felix Banila on Wednesday stated that, until investigators have clear evidence that the two missing girls from the Olt County are dead, the authorities cannot neglect the possibility that they could be still alive.

“Until we have some clear evidence that one or both the two victims are really dead, all we can say is that we have just some reasonable clues, as we call them, according to the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code. But, of course, we cannot neglect any of the possibilities brought up by the investigation. (…) Until we have clear evidence that they are dead, we cannot neglect the possibility that they are still alive,” Felix Banila told a press conference.

 

Disciplinary investigation of prosecutor Cristian Ovidiu Popescu starts over negligence in carrying out his duties

 

Judicial inspectors have ordered a disciplinary investigation of prosecutor Cristian Ovidiu Popescu of the Prosecutor’s Office with the Caracal Courthouse over negligence in carrying out his duties, the Judicial Inspectorate reports.

“In motivating the start of the disciplinary investigation, it has been noted that the case prosecutor, notified of the offense of false imprisonment of a minor and being, as such, under an obligation to take all measures for the termination of such state, did not approve the building of the suspect where the victim was supposed to be being stormed before 06:00hrs on July 26, 2019, in breach with the provisions of Article 27 (2) (b) of the Constitution of Romania, coupled with Article 20(2) of the Criminal Code,” reads a press statement released on Wednesday by the Judicial Inspectorate.

According to the same source, the inspectors with the Inspection of Prosecutors Section submitted to prosecutors’ disciplinary body with the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) a proposal to suspend Popescu from office until the disciplinary procedure is completed.

 

CSM: Section for judges condemns using Caracal tragedy “for gaining political benefits”

 

Section for judges of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) condemns “the using of the Caracal tragedy for gaining political benefits”, demanding that “the truth be discovered quickly and the ones in fault be identified.”

“Consistent to its principles and values of a justice that needs to actually function to the benefit of the society instead of just saying it, the Section for judges condemns the using of the Caracal tragedy for gaining political benefits, as it happened in these past couple of days,” reads a release of AGERPRES on Wednesday.

The Section for judges disapproves the “mystification by repeatedly inducing in the political discourse the theme of “the modification of the justice laws” in the causal chain of the tragic event.”

“In the context in which the criminal codes are still unchanged and include all the necessary provisions allowing authorities to take measures to protect the life and integrity of persons, this is only brought to mind for a double gain, a political one, obviously, and to excuse the ones who bear the guilt for this,” reads the release.

The same source says that justice independence is a fundamental value, “in tight correlation with institutional responsibility, but especially with individual responsibility.”

“This is the moment when we say it openly that we want to find out the truth as soon as possible and to discover the guilty ones, both the magistrates in high positions and the ones heading the other institutions with responsibilities in the justice field. Accepting the severe deficiencies revealed by the Caracal tragedy is a must

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