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PG Augustin Lazăr to use any legal procedure to defend against Justice minister’s accusations

Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazăr has announced on Thursday that the members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) had ascertained that all legal procedures were met for his appointment to the Prosecutor’s Office helm, so he will reserve the right of acting according to legal procedures in the matter of the revocation request.

It proved to be a manipulation of the public opinion to serve for a vitiated revocation procedure. CSM has checked all legal conditions required for this position as PG, the ten-year experience, the lack of sanctions and a very good rating at my last evaluation. So, CSM has ascertained that all legal conditions were met for my appointment in this positions, so I reserve my right to act according legal procedures,” said Lazar, while entering the CSM HQs.

In retort, Justice minister Tudorel Toader said that the Prosecutor General should have answered if the accusations against him are true or not. Toader added that if he had been the Justice minister back then (when Augustin Lazar was named) and received an incomplete file, he would not have accepted it at all.

Justice minister Tudorel Toader has announced a week ago  that he is kicking off the procedure to dismiss Romania’s Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar.

Minister Toader presented an assessment report of Lazar’s activity as the PG, containing 20 reasons to have him sacked. Above all, Toader claims that Lazar has been named by President Iohannis without a preliminary evaluation, upon the proposal of the Justice minister back then, Raluca Pruna. Moreover, the Justice minister argues the file proposing Lazar contained a resolution to dismiss a case that targeted President Iohannis himself.

General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar retorted  that the evaluation report is actually the answer of the Executive to the Venice Commission’s opinion and that minister Toader’s approach, which ran against the Judicial Inspectorate and CSM analyses, is likely to destabilize the Public Ministry.

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