Decision on Prosecutor General, DNA head in two weeks

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader refused to make any comment on the Prosecutor General’s and anti-corruption chief prosecutor’s future.

He said that the Superior Council of Magistracy is assessing the activity of both Augustin Lazar (photo) and Laura Codruta Kovesi and until the review is concluded he won’t make any statement. “I will make statements at the end, which is near, I will release the conclusions and their arguments in 14 days,” the Justice minister said on Tuesday before attending a CSM meeting.

Asked in what camp he is, considering that President Iohannis voiced his optimism that the DNA head Kovesi would not be replaced, while PM Grindeanu held back on this topic, minister Toader smiled, saying he is optimist on the rule of law.

In his turn, Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stated that he has not reason to resign, adding that prosecutors are relaxed and do their job according to the law.

“Why should I resign? Prosecutors are carrying out their mission according to the law. Prosecutors are relaxed, they don’t watch TV talk shows and do their job. I am optimist and I do my job in compliance with the job description,” Augustin Lazar said while entering the CSM HQs.

He underlined that he had not exceeded the legal framework during his activity “in any way”.

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