National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Chief Prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, said on Friday she would follow the legal procedure and respond to all the statements made by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who announced on Thursday the start of procedures for her dismissal.
“I will follow the legal procedure and I will present myself, whenever necessary, to respond, point by point, to all the statements made by the Minister of Justice,” Kovesi said on Friday.
The clarification was made following the media representatives’ requests to express a point of view regarding the announcement made by the Minister of Justice regarding the “start of the procedure for the dismissal of Laura Codruţa Kovesi from the position of chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate,” a DNA release informs.
In his turn, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar will present a point of view regarding the proposal of Minister Tudorel Toader to dismiss DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi after the report is released by the Ministry of Justice.
“Considering the media’s requests to present a point of view on the proposal made by the Minister of Justice to remove from office the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, as well as on the report presented in this respect, the Office for Information and Public Relations makes the following remarks : the Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) is to submit a point of view on the two issues after the release and an analysis of the report by the Minister of Justice,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a communiqué on Friday.
Since Thursday evening, the Justice Ministry’s website is out of order.
CSM finally receives the report
The report on the managerial activity of the DNA, on the basis of which Tudorel Toader requested the dismissal of Laura Codruta Kovesi, has reached the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) Friday afternoon, some 19 hours after the presentation on Thursday.
At 8:45h on Friday, the Justice Minister told Ziare.com that he was on the way to the ministry to see what had happened with the release of the report on the website. At 9:00h, the official has arrived at the ministry and it took hours until the website of the ministry has been unlocked.
The report has been posted also on the Justice Ministry’s website, although the website has been blocked from Thursday evening until Friday at 15.00h.