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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to interrupt visit to Japan following the DNA related scandal

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has announced that he will interrupt his visit to Japan and will attend the weekly government sitting on Thursday, amid the scandal triggered by the recent chrages against the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

“I will attend the government sitting on Thursday,” Tudorel Toader has said on Tuesday. He is currently in Japan, on a visit that was due to conclude at the end of this week.

The interruption of the visit comes after Prime Minister Viorica Dancila asked Tudorel Toader to come “as soon as possible” to the country, in the context of the series of charges against DNA prosecutors.

She said that Tudorel Toader, as Minister of Justice, “is the best positioned to assess the situation.”

Former DNA prosecutor Mihaiela Moraru Iorga told on Sunday Antena 3 TV, that the DNA chief had summoned her and asked her if she could speed up the file of a former minister whose name was rumoured for the office of prime minister.

“At the time the Prime Minister of Romania was to be appointed. The name of a former minister was rumoured. I had a file on this former minister. I do not give names, because I do not want anyone to say I damaged an investigation. I was summoned and asked if we could speed up the file. The reason was that if this gentleman becomes prime minister, Mrs. Dana Girbovan will become Minister of Justice, which would mean a disaster for us,” Mihaiela Moraru Iorga said.

On the other hand, DNA has rejected the charges brought against it by former Deputy Vlad Cosma, who said the institution is ‘making’ files and presented recordings with talks he allegedly had with prosecutors Mircea Negulescu and Lucian Onea at DNA Ploiesti. Vlad Cosma showed to Antena 3 TV recordings with the two prosecutors trying to invent files based on ‘fabricated’ evidence for politicians and businessmen, among them businessman Sebastian Ghita.

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