President Klaus Iohannis has stated on Thursday that the Justice minister’s request for the Prosecutor General’dismissal is completely inappropriate and likely to generate concern and distrust in the system. At the same time, the head of state has made a new call for Tudorel Toader’s resignation.
“Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis has received and will analyse the report on the managerial activity at the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice, as well as the proposal to recall Mr. Augustin Lazar from office. President Klaus Iohannis appreciates the activity of the Prosecutor General and considers that the Justice minister’s request is completely inappropriate and likely to generate mistrust in the system and concern among our European partners. The manner in which the minister has presented the report is tendentious and reveals his intention to politically subordinate prosecutors,” the Presidential Administration says in a press release.
“The idea that prosecutors are the enemies of the society is being accredited again. Or, in representing the general interests of the society and in defending the rule of law, prosecutors have an essential role, particularly enshrined in the Fundamental Law. I make an appeal to the magistrates not to lose their confidence in the capacity of the Romanian society to resist this new attack against the rule of law. The Justice minister’s action to dismiss the Prosecutor General strengthens Romania’s President’s belief that Mr. Tudorel Toader must step down at once. The Romanian state has the duty to protect the rule of law, its citizens’ freedoms and rights, and this cannot be achieved without an independent and efficient Public Ministry“, concludes the Presidency’s press release.