The Minister of Justice, Stelian Ion, on Thursday stated that the fact that “some people” are still opposing the idea of dismantling the Section for investigating criminal offences within the judiciary (SIIJ) “shows that attempts to weaken the DNA continue.”
“We want to put an end to the period in which DNA and anti-corruption prosecutors were permanent targets of those who wanted to weaken the judiciary. Opposition to the abolition of the SIIJ shows that attempts to weaken the DNA continue. Even today, there are some people who are still dreaming to block anti-corruption and compromise prosecutors. I am DNA’s partner in defending the independence of prosecutors and I support institutional efforts to fight corruption and corruption-related offences,” said Stelian Ion, on the occasion of the presentation of the activity report of the DNA for 2020, according to a press release of the Ministry of Justice quoted by Agerpres.
According to him, the professionalism of DNA prosecutors can be one of the strongest guarantees for the observance of the rights of the investigated persons – magistrates or other members of the society, by resorting to specialized anti-corruption prosecutors.
At the same time, the Minister believes that it’s opportune to regulate some criteria that will ensure the appointment and keeping in office at the DNA of some prosecutors whose activity will rise to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Stelian Ion appreciates that the activity of DNA to fight corruption from a special perspective, and the reform of the judiciary, from a general perspective, are very important aspects for citizens, which involve not only legislative and institutional measures, but also thorough and permanent assessments of how these measures are felt in reality.