National Anti-corruption Directorate
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader says he will not notify the Judiciary Inspectorate (IJ) about allegations concerning the activity of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), pointing out that he already has a report on this institution that he can present at any time.
Keeping confidence in the Romanian justice system must be a priority for those working in the system, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar said on Wednesday in a debate on corruption, organized by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA).
The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, on Wednesday stated that the corruption problem won't be solved in Romania just by arresting offenders, sending public servants to trial or obtaining convictions for them, while adding that the investigative efforts of the prosecutors need to be doubled by prevention measures.
Romania's Judicial inspectorate on Friday said that it had launched an investigation against the chief prosecutor of the country's National Anti-Corruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi, on grounds of misconduct.
The Judicial Inspectorate, the body that oversees magistrates, said investigators had submitted a request to the Higher Magistrates' Council to investigate Kovesi.
Romania's ruling Social Democrat-led government survived its first impeachment motion in parliament on Thursday, as the opposition, civil society activists and trade unions called for renewed protests against various measures taken by the government this year.
"A simple decision of CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania - ed.n.] has drawn out of Romanians' pockets 188 million euro. Do we really want that such damages occur in the future and no one investigates them, because we amend the abuse of office?
Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party chief Liviu Dragnea was called in for questioning on Monday by anti-graft prosecutors at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, DNA.
Prosecutors say Dragnea is a suspect in an investigation into fraud involving European Union funds when he was acting head of Teleorman County Council.