The representatives of associations of professional magistrates have had a meeting with the Justice Minister Florin Iordache on Tuesday, stressing they reject adopting a law on amnesty, whereas pardon should aim only offences with low degree of social danger and should exclude corruption deeds.
A national Union of Judges in Romania (UNJR) release reads current problems of the judiciary were discussed.
UNJR and AMR (the Association of Magistrates in Romania) underscore amnesty and pardon are different, have different goals and different consequences. They claim amnesty in order to avoid overcrowding in penitentiaries is a false argument and is used in a dangerous way within the current context, so the associations categorically reject such a decision.
The representatives of the two associations have also discussed the steps taken since 2015 to clear the issue of intelligence services’ involvement in justice.
Justice Minister Florin Iordache met on Tuesday the magistrates’ representatives Andreea Ciuca – AMR interim chair, Mariana Croitoru – member of the AMR board, Madalina Afrasinei, Dana Garbovan – UNJR chair, Iulia Craiu – UNJR member of the board, prosecutor Constantin Sima – chairman of the Prosecutors’ Association in Romania.