Former DNA chief prosecutor Kovesi summoned by the Criminal Investigation Section in Judicial system for abuse of office, bribe taking, false testimony

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Former chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi has announced for Europa FM private radio broadcaster that she has been summoned by the Criminal Investigation Section in the judicial system. The structure was set up after the law was amended by the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition.

The prosecutor claims she is regarded as suspect in a case where the charges are abuse of service, bribe taking and false testimony, hotnews.ro reports.

Laura Codruta Kovesi says that this subpoena comes as she prepares to support the interview for the position of European Chief Prosecutor.

“The subpoena comes before going to the European Parliament for hearings, but it’s probably a coincidence too. I’ve bought a flight ticket for Friday so I could go to Brussels and attend the hearings. I’ve filed a request to the High Court for the postponement of a lawsuit to be held on Monday. A few hours after I’ve filed this application, I received this subpoena. It is obvious that this method is trying to stop me in this procedure, to stop me from reaching this position, because I still have chances, I am the candidate placed on the first position,” Kovesi said.

The former DNA chief said that “the facts are not described in the summons.”

“I believe this is the case about bringing Popa Nicolae to the country, of course, it is a great lie,” she added.

Later in an intervention to Digi24 TV private broadcaster, Kovesi described the situation as “vengeance” because the complaint filed with the ECHR after being revoked.

“They are trying to stop me taking up this position (European Chief Prosecutor – our note),” she said.

Kovesi said that initially the hearing in the European Parliament was due to take place on February 18, but received a mail Wednesday evening officially informing her that it would take place on February 26.

Laura Codruţa Kovesi was revoked from office on July 9, 2018 from the DNA leadership after President Klaus Iohannis acted according to the Constitutional Court decision, which required him to issue a decree of dismissal. Six months later, in December 2018, the former DNA Chief Prosecutor challenged to the ECHR the decision of revocation, stating that her human rights had been violated and that she did not want to get the position back. Laura Codruţa Kovesi’s complaint has not yet been solved by the ECHR.

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