US Senators John McCain and Christopher Murphy addressed a letter to Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă last week, voicing concern over the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor and urging the Bucharest government to continue its progress in fighting corruption, hotnews.ro informs.
Republican Senator McCain, representing Arizona, who published the letter on his website www.mccain.senate.gov, is the chairman of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee and former US presidential candidate. His colleague, Democrat Murphy, from Connecticut, is a senator member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
Main issues in the open letter:
- As strong supporters of the US-Romania relationship, we regretted that President Klaus Iohannis was recently compelled by the decision of a court to dismiss Laura Codruta Kovesi, the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate.
- Although the judicial procedure is an internal problem, we ask the Romanian government not to give back to the important fight against corruption.
- Ms Kovesi’s role in the Anticorruption Directorate was appreciated worldwide as proof of Romania’s strong commitment to fighting corruption. Her dismissal and recent judicial reforms and legislative proposals to decriminalize some corruption offenses raise worrying concerns about your government’s willingness to prosecute financial crimes and to hold senior officials accountable.
- Improving transparency and responsibility is an urgent national security imperative for all members of the NATO alliance.
- Romania has made tremendous progress after the communist era. No democracy is perfect, but the previous concrete efforts to fight corruption have ensured that Romania is on a positive path.
- The recent demonstrations attended by thousands of Romanian youth show that they expect the continuation of this progress.
- We appreciate your personal commitment to fulfil these aspirations and we are anxious to find out how your government intends to revive the fight against corruption.