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New acting anti-corruption head Jurma: DNA must remain a strong, independent and relevant institution

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) must remain a strong, independent and relevant body, said Anca Jurma, who took over the office of DNA chief prosecutor on Thursday. Her appointment comes after early this week president Iohannis signed the decree dismissing Laura Codruta Kovesi from the DNA helm.

I want to thank the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Prosecutor General Lazar, for constant support to DNA and its mission to fight corruption. I am also grateful to Laura Codruta Kovesi for all her work at the helm of the DNA (…) DNA has a major responsibility in carrying out the mandate entrusted to it by the law, namely the fight against high-level corruption. To this respect, DNA must remain a strong, independent and relevant institution, as long as Romania still faces corruption,” said Jurma, while vowing to ensure a balanced interim leadership.

As far as I am concerned, I will do my best to ensure a balanced interim leadership, to continue with the DNA colleagues the work that this institution started 15 years ago. We give utmost priority to observing procedures, European and international standards, and the fundamental rights of the citizen,” said Jurma.

In his turn, Romania’s Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar told the taking office ceremony that the new acting head of the National Anti-corruption directorate, Anca Jurma is a prosecutor with high expertise and she is “the right person” that DNA needs now.

Lazar underlined that the first priority of the DNA and of the General Prosecutor’s Office will be that the anti-corruption fight will firmly continue in Romania, while also reminding that the reasons of Kovesi’s revocation from the DNA helm generate concern among magistrates regarding their independence.

According to Lazar, the second DNA’s priority should be enforcing the anti-corruption law and that it will be carried out in compliance with the international norms and standards of defending fundamental rights.

“DNA will resort to all resources it has, human resources of professional expertise that made this directorate one of the institutions famous for being a provider of relevant expertise,” the PG stated.

Anca Jurma’s mandate as interim DNA head is for six months.

The former chief prosecutor of DNA,  Laura Codruta Kovesi, has also attended the ceremony where Anca Jurma took office, but has not come out for press statements, alongside her successor and Prosecutor General Lazar.

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