Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar dismissed Thursday evening accusations by of the head of the Magistrates' Investigation Section, Gheorghe Stan, that he had allegedly thrown grit in the gears of the newly established unit, hampering its supply with logistics and the conception of its organisational chart.
The Chief Prosecutor of the Magistrates' Investigation Section, Gheorghe Stan, said on Thursday evening that Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar had hampered the institution's activity so much so, that the legislator had to exceptionally intervene through three emergency ordinances in order to remove these obstacles.
Former chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate and candidate for European Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was subpoenaed to appear on March 7 before the Magistrates' Investigation Section in the case where she is accused of abuse of office, bribery and false testimony, judicial sources told AGERPRES on Thursday.
Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu considers that judges and prosecutors should have separate careers, on the ground that a prosecutor turned judge will never be able to completely change his approach. "What we have established during the debate on the justice package last year, specifically the separation of careers, must stay in place.
Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou on Wednesday ordered an investigation into a report in Iefimerida according to which a retirement home in Kalavryta removed a resident because he was homosexual.
Dimitriou asked a local prosecutor to determine whether the management or staff at the institution should be charged under a law cracking down on discrimination.
President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the magistrate's institutional mission should in no way be hijacked, even though pressure on prosecutors has lately intensified, adding that the Romanian society is a powerful ally of a fair justice.
The prosecutors with the Prosecutor's Office attached to the Bucharest Court of Appeals decided on Tuesday to stand in solidarity with the magistrates' actions against the adoption of Government Emergency ordinance (OUG) No.7/2019 which amends the Justice Laws.
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors convened on Tuesday in a General Assembly meeting and decided to endorse the demarches to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) regarding Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) No.7/2019 and trigger a legal conflict of constitutional nature between the Government and the judicial authority.
Prosecutors with the Attorney General's Office on Monday decided to wear armbands in protest over the way the government passed an emergency ordinance amending the justice legislation.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Thursday that he will start the appointment procedure for the new Prosecutor General of Romania. "I will go to the Ministry and start the appointment procedure for the new Prosecutor General.