Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar has made no proposal for the interim leadership of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) on Tuesday, so prosecutor Calin Nistor, first deputy chief prosecutor, is automatically taking the lead of the directorate. In his absence, the lead will be taken by prosecutor Marius Iacob.
Calin Nistor has joined the magistracy in 1995, with mass media reporting in 2013 that he had investigated 45 corruption files, with no acquittal. Back then, the former head of DNA, Daniel Morar, had nominated Nistor to take the DNA lead.
Nistor has arrived at DNA in January 2006, has worked in the Bucharest main office for two years, then he has been relocated in Pitesti, his home town.
Anti-corruption prosecutors have convened for a emergency meeting on Tuesday with PG Augustin Lazar to find the best solution of the crisis generated by Anca Jurma’s denial to be the DNA interim chief prosecutor.
Jurma had announced on Monday that she doesn’t want for the interim mandate to be extended.
Anca Jurma has explained on Tuesday why she had refused to go on as acting chief of the anti-corruption body, arguing that the latest developments, including the recording of her conversation with Florentina Mirica at the DNA’s HQ had made her consider there are no more conditions for her to go on at the DNA’s helm.
“Today is the last day if the six-month mandate that I have been delegated for the DNA chief prosecutor position. I have barely accepted this interim position, at the request of the Public Ministry, in a moment when DNA was in a difficult situation,” Jurma said in a press release posted on the DNA website.
The former acting chief of DNA stated that a major goal for her was to make sure that the files sent to court by DNA were strongly backed up by evidence and that the investigations were observing the legal norms and the fundamental human rights. “Since day one of my interim mandate I have underlined that DNA had no targets, but it has an authority stipulated by the law, meaning to counter corruption at the high level through means required by the criminal law. Moreover, I have considered that, as long as there is corruption in Romania, DNA prosecutors must be able, both legally and actually, to investigate files in a professional, honest way, without being intimidated (…) I have never been in solidarity and I will never be with abuses, no matter who is committing them. I believe in a clean-hand judiciary”, Jurma said.
However, she added she will not be in solidarity with the manner in which some prosecutors have understood to voice their professional or personal discontent, “by using hidden, illegal practices, which are unworthy of a magistrate”.
“I think we have come too far and I think it is time these practices come to an end (…) the recent events, including using the sense of a private talk to an unfair purpose and distorting that conversation where I was looking for legal and fair solutions for the proper performance of the institution, have made me consider I don’t have the necessary conditions to continue to carry out this position according to the vision and goals that I have proposed when I took the job“, Jurma further explained.