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President Iohannis: A clique of criminals are desperately attempting to discredit DNA

President Klaus Iohannis has stated on Thursday evening that he had a meeting with PM Viorica Dancila and PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea, with one of the topics of discussion being also the justice. ‘We have a scandal in the public space and I think that a lot of people expect me to voice my opinion. Things can be resumed to few words: some criminals are desperately trying to discredit DNA, the directorate’s leadership. In my opinion, it’s a pathetic and unconvincing attempt, and you know my stance, DNA and the DNA leadership is doing a very good job, and this attack attempt confirms the fact that DNA is doing a great job’, Iohannis stated.

He said the meeting with PM Dancila and Dragnea had been scheduled since the new government had sworn into office, and was meant to define the institutional framework between me and the new government.

Iohannis said that, among others, the discussion also tackled topics of national importance, such as the preparations for 2019, when Romania will take over the EU Council Presidency, but also this year’s centennial celebrations.

The President also said that PM Dancila had briefly told him she had had a discussion with Justice minister Tudorel Toader and that she had given him a free hand on the DNA issue.

Asked by the journalists how he had exerted his role of mediator between Kovesi and her foes and how he comments the recent tapings on DNA, the head of state stated that justice is done in the courtroom. ‘In this situation, I don’t see me asked to mediate between DNA and convicted persons. There is no need to. In this case, judges will have a say, and after that we’ll see the conclusions,’ Iohannis stated.

Also questioned if he would recall Kovesi from the DNA helm, Iohannis answered: ‘I see the recall issue is quite intense in the public space. Frankly, at the moment, I don’t see any reasons for recall. But there might be some reasons that I don’t know and the Justice minister knows them.’

However, Klaus Iohannis said the DNA scandal would definitely end. ‘I don’t know how many tapes will be released. But I have already seen this film last year, when a defendant has disappeared and the tapes have showed up. I think the justice should solve these things,’ he said.

Justice minister Tudorel Toader has previously stated on Thursday that he would present a report on the DNA, DIICOT and the Public Ministry in the joint chambers of the Parliament soon and he would publicly released conclusions on the DNA activity next week.

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