The plenary sitting of the Superior Council of Magistracy has ruled on Monday that there are indications that Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar has broken the Code of Judicial Conduct when he talked about the ”high-ranking defendants”, referring to certain members of the parliamentary special committees, judicial sources told local news agencies.
In retort, Lazar announced he would challenged the CSM decision in court.
„I have challenged the CSM resolution of December 3, 2018. I consider it illegal and the authorised court notified within the legal timeframe, will decide on my appeal,” reads a Public Ministry’s press release.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has stated previous in the morning at CSM HQ that the prosecutor general cannot say that he had not made the statement „some high-ranking defendants”.
Last year, Augustin Lazar mentioned „some high-ranking defendants” when referring to certain members of the parliamentary special committees. The Judicial Inspections proposed he should be sanctioned, arguing that the PG has broken the Code of Judicial Conduct when he said that „high ranking defendants” are harassing prosecutors in the parliament’s special committees.
On June 26, the section for prosecutors within CSM has denied the sanction motion, but the Judicial Inspections has appealed the ruling to the CSM plenary.