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Prosecutor General: There is no legal basis to submit copies of criminal files to parliamentary committees

Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar informs that during the telephone conversation he had with Justice Minister Tudorel Toader on Wednesday, he informed him that, regarding the request of the parliamentary committee investigating the elections in 2009, “there are no legal provisions to allow the transmission of photocopies of criminal files to a parliamentary committee or, in general, to another extrajudicial institution.”

The public ministry issued a press release as a result of “the media’s requests for a viewpoint on the statements made on August 16 by Mr. Tudorel Toader, Minister of Justice.”

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has notified the Judicial Inspection on Wednesday regarding Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, for his refusal to hand over the file on 2009 elections to the parliamentary investigating committee.

“The Judicial Inspection should check the positive or negative conduct of the Prosecutor General, precisely his reluctance to hand over the file. Personally, I believe the prosecutor General is aware of his job responsibilities,” Minister Toader said. He added he believes it’s not the case for Augustin Lazar to ask the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) if he should hand over the documents.

The parliamentary investigating committee requested on July 11, to the Prosecutor General’s Office upon the Supreme Court, the classified file regarding the elections.

On July 14, the Prosecutor General’s Office sent to the investigating committee a reply, reading that it cannot send a copy of the file due to constitutional issues, due to Constitutional Court decisions, adding that the activity of a parliamentary investigating committee and a judicial investigation cannot interfere.

 

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