The Judicial Inspectorate has issued new disciplinary action, the third, against Laura Codruta Kovesi, Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), for violating the provisions of the Constitutional Court’s decision, by refusing to show before Parliament – the Special Investigation Committee, the inspectorate announced on Wednesday.
The Judicial Inspectorate considers that Laura Codruta Kovesi “has violated the explicit provisions of the Constitutional Court’s decision no. 611 dated November 3, 2017 by refusing to show before the Romanian Parliament – the Special Investigation Committee of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, for issues related to the organization of the 2009 elections and the presidential election.”
The conclusions of the Judicial Inspectorate have been submitted to the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), hotnews.ro reports.
“The reasoning behind the action was that the DNA chief prosecutor violated the explicit provisions of the Constitutional Court’s decision no. 611 dated November 3, 2017 by refusing to show before the Parliament of Romania – the Special Investigation Committee of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies for issues related to the organization of the elections in 2009 and the presidential election and to provide the requested information or to submit the other documents or evidence held, useful for the activity of the committee,” the Judicial Inspectorate also informs.
The Judicial Inspectorate exercised the disciplinary action for manifestations that violate the professional honour and prestige of justice, committed in the exercise of office or outside the exercise of office duties and for the non-observance of the Constitutional Court’s decisions.
This decision comes two days after President Klaus Iohannis announced in a press conference Monday evening that he would not follow up the Justice minister’s request to dismiss the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Wednesday he would forward next Monday the notification to the Constitutional Court regarding the President’s refusal to revoke Laura Codruta Kovesi from the position of DNA chief prosecutor. The court will be notified after the Minister has a discussion with Premier Viorica Dancila.