Romanian premier Victor Ponta’s statements according to which Klaus Iohannis will be declared incompatible by the Supreme Court have affected the Justice’ s independence, the Judicial Inspection ruled on Tuesday. Magistrates of the Judicial Inspections argue that the limits of the political speech have been infringed. The Superior Magistracy Council plenum will decide on Thursday if it assumes the Judicial Inspection’s report.
PM Victor Ponta stated on October 27 during the presidential electoral campaign that the Liberal President Klaus Iohannis would be declared incompatible by the Supreme Court as it is a unitary practice for the Court to rule the same in all previous incompatibility files.
The Judicial Inspection also ruled that the prosecutors’ independence has been affected by Monica Macovei, former independent presidential candidate and ex- minister of Justice. She stated during the electoral campaign that PM Victor Ponta, Romania’s Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu and his wife have pressured prosecutors to take Petrotel Ploiesti refinery out of bond.
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On the other hand, the Judicial Inspection said that President Traian Basescu’s statement that predicted “more surprise indictments would follow in Microsoft file” have not affected the judiciary independence, as they can be framed into the political speech.