CSM asks the Judicial Inspectorate to verify Dragnea’s attacks against magistrates, DIICOT notifies CSM over the same issue

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The Prosecutors Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) has requested the Judicial Inspectorate to verify, in the light of the potential to affect the independence of the judiciary, the statements made by PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea to a television station.

“Following the statements made in the public space on June 10, 2018 by Mr. Nicolae Liviu Dragnea, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, on the basis of Article 30 paragraph (1) of the Law no. 317/2004 republished, the Prosecutors Section made an ex officio notification and, as a consequence, has requested the Judicial Inspectorate – the Inspection Division for Prosecutors, to carry out checks on the allegations presented, in view of the potential to affect the independence of the judiciary,” the CSM Prosecutors Section informed on Monday.

Sunday evening, PSD Chairman, Liviu Dragnea, said: “I cannot say it has been a strong emotion, it was a relief of those in the Square. We staged this meeting for several reasons. To strongly protest against this odious system handled by a handful of former Securitate agents patronized by Iohannis through the tools they have, the heads of the prosecutor’s offices, intelligence services (…) Another reason was that we have been challenged. You cannot expect that PSD, the largest political party in Europe to not react if you keep threatening, insulting and offending it for the past month and a half.”

On the other hand, the ‘Judges Forum in Romania’ association has sent a request on Monday to the CSM whereby requests it to defend the independence of the justice system against the recent attacks from the legislative power and from the executive power.

The judges indicate the speeches delivered Saturday and Sunday and argue the CSM intervention is needed.

In turn, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) will file two referrals to the CSM following the repeated attacks in the past days against the magistrates, attack coming from the representatives of the ruling power.

Judicial sources told local media that the first referral aims to defend the reputation of the prosecutors who work on the case following Liberal leader Orban’s complaint against PM Viorica Dancila, while the second targets the recent attacks against the independence of judiciary.

Referring to the complaint against the premier, PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea also said on Sunday that he hopes prosecutors will not go further with this action and that many prosecutors risk paying a heavy price for this investigation.

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