CSM Oks Kovesi for a second term as anti-corruption chief prosecutor

The prosecutor section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) gave its green light to Laura Codruta Kovesi’s taking over a second term as prosecutor chief of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA).

“I am very pleased with the result. There are grounds to believe that DNA will continue its activity started several years ago,” Justice Minister Raluca Prună said.

Laura Codruta Kovesi was interviewed on Monday by the Prosecution Department of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) for another term in office as DNA’s chief prosecutor.

During the hearing, Kovesi said that DNA’s institutional stability is very important, as well as preserving the legislative framework.

“All these results wouldn’t be possible without the contribution of the managerial team and I would like that projects should be implemented by the same managerial team,” Kovesi pointed out.

Investigations into high-level corruption, retrieval of damages and extended powers of seizures are some of the priorities included in Kovesi’ management project posted on the website of CSM. Improving prosecution quality as well as active and professional support for cases brought to court also features as one of Kovesi’s goals.

If reappointed, Kovesi will continue to reject any actions aimed at intimidating or discrediting prosecutors. She also says she will seek a more active involvement in the public debates over the laws with a direct impact on prosecutors, while also campaigning for the development of a technical service department at DNA by getting additional human and material resources in the wake of a ruling by Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) that phone surveillance by intelligence services previous to criminal prosecution is unconstitutional.

Kovesi’s reinvestment request is to be sent to President Klaus Iohannis, who has the final say in re-appointing her at the helm of the National Anti-corruption Directorate.

 

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