DIICOT prosecutors call on President Iohannis not to appoint Felix Banila as the directorate’s chief

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The prosecutors with the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have decided on Monday, in the general assembly, to send a letter to President Klaus Iohannis to ask him not to appoint Felix Banila as the directorate’s chief.

Judicial sources say the decision was made with 154 votes for and 47 against, hotnews.ro reports.

The DIICOT prosecutors say, in the request, that the project presented by Felix Danila shows he hasn’t had the proper documentation and does not understand the structure, competence and the directorate’s aims.

The prosecutors section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) gave a favourable opinion on June 5, on the proposal made by Justice Minister to appoint as DIICOT head Oliver Felix Banila, prosecutor with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the Bacau Court. Subsequently, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced he has sent the proposal to the President.

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The DIICOT chief prosecutor is appointed by law by the Romanian President, upon the proposal of Justice Minister, with the positive opinion of CSM.

Felix Banila has confidence in President’s decisions

Felix Banila said he respects the prosecutors’ decision, but he has confidence in the ‘capacity’ to decide according to arguments, by the law.

“I have no comments. I cannot speculate on this topic. Right now, the appointment procedure is not completed. The law is clear, it includes the steps, the attributions of those involved in the procedure, meaning Justice Minister, CSM and the President of Romania. Everybody has the right to opinion, be it for or against me. I respect the opinion of my colleagues and I have confidence in the capacity of Mr. President to weigh the arguments for or against and make the decision according to his constitutional attributions, to appoint me or nor,” Felix Banila said.

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