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President Iohannis signs decree to release from office prosecutor Mircea Negulescu

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has signed on Monday the decree by which prosecutor Mircea Negulescu (photo) is released from the position of prosecutor, with the prosecutor’s Office upon the Campina Court, currently suspended from office. The decision comes following the enforcement of the disciplinary sanction regarding the exclusion from magistracy, a release from the Presidential Administration reads.

A 5-judge panel with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) ruled two weeks ago to exclude prosecutor Mircea Negulescu (aka. ‘Portocala’ – ‘Orange’) from magistracy for several disciplinary misconducts.

ICCJ has upheld the decision of the prosecutors’ section with the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) dated January 2018, admitting the action from Judicial Inspectorate and excluding Negulescu from magistracy for disciplinary misconduct.

CSM decided in March 2018 to suspend prosecutor Mircea Negulescu from office, until the resolution filed by the investigator against the decision to exclude him from magistracy is solved.

The Judicial Inspectorate opened three disciplinary files against Negulescu, known for having investigated big corruption cases against former Democrat Liberal leader Vasile Blaga, businessman Sebastian Ghita or former PM Victor Ponta. On May 4, 2017 the Judiciary Inspectorate announced that the magistrate had an inadequate behaviour during the discussions at the Prosecutor’s Office – the prosecutor was aggressive against one of the participants to the talks, suggesting there is information justifying the start of criminal investigation against him.

In February 2017, Negulescu resigned from DNA Ploiesti and returned to Campina Prosecutor’s Office, but he was suspended following the disciplinary actions against him.

The Judicial Inspectorate was notified ex-officio, on February 15, 2017, following the public release of audio recordings involving prosecutor Mircea Negulescu.

The Judicial Inspectorate was notified after a private broadcaster aired in February 2017 an audio recording allegedly featuring Mircea Negulescu while talking on the phone with the wife of businessman Vlad Constantin, defendant in a criminal record. The ex-DNA prosecutor was heard disclosing information and details from some criminal files.

In late February 2018, former PSD deputy Vlad Cosma released a new recording, allegedly featuring prosecutors Mircea Negulescu and Albert Savu dictating and practically drafting the statement that Vlad Cosma was supposed to give in the file on ex-PM Victor Ponta and Tony Blair.

 

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