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None of the ordinances on pardon and amending the criminal codes is opportune, DNA chief says

None of the emergency ordinances drafts regarding pardon and the amendment of the criminal codes is opportune, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief Laura Codruta Kovesi said on Wednesday.

“From our viewpoint, none of them is opportune. (…) In an emergency ordinance a partial and covered decriminalization is included, for the abuse of office offence,” Kovesi said at the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM).

Kovesi added that is the draft ordinances are adopted, the damages could not be recovered.

“Nobody can deny the government’s right to issue ordinances. We issue technical points of view. (…) All the damages could not be recovered anymore. (…) During the past three years the DNA files include damages amounting to more than EUR 1.5 billion. If the ordinances come into force they will influence the recovery of these damages,” Kovesi said.

CSM is analysing on Wednesday the request filed by the Ministry of Justice on the emergency ordinance draft on amending the criminal code and the criminal procedure code and on the emergency ordinance draft for pardoning some offences.

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