Former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, starts work on Monday. After being dismissed from the head of the DNA, Kovesi will serve as head of the Guidance and Control Department with the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar gave her this job, where she will be a colleague with her friend Elena Rădescu, but also with the prosecutor she dismissed from the DNA, Doru Ţuluş, antena3.ro informs.
President Klaus Iohannis signed on July 9 the decree of Laura Codruta Kovesi’s revocation as DNA chief prosecutor.
Presidency spokesperson, Mădălina Dobrovolschi, announced July 9, at Cotroceni Palace, in a press statement, that President Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree to revoke the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruţa Kovesi in line with the Constitutional Court decision.
Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar, decided on July 11 to delegate Laura Codruta Kovesi as prosecutor to the Guidance and Control Service with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) as of Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
“Following the decision made by the Prosecutor’s Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) in regard to the activity of Mrs. Laura Codruta Kovesi, after being revoked as DNA chief prosecutor, the Prosecutor General of the Public Ministry, Mr. Augustin Lazar, by Order no.1412 dated July 11, 2018, has decided to delegate her as prosecutor to the Guidance and Control Service with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice,” a press release from the Public Ministry issued on July 11.
The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) published on June 7 on its website the reasoning of the ruling on a constitutional conflict between the Justice Ministry and the Presidency over dismissing the DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi. The ruling also said that President Iohannis must sign the decree to recall Kovesi from office. The reasoning was encompassed in a 133-page document and was published by the ‘Official Journal’.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on February 22 he initiates the procedures to dismiss the DNA chief, Laura Codruta Kovesi, for “acts and deeds incompatible to a state of law”.