Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced he would order an external audit at the Prosecutor’s Office, the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) to review the prosecutors’ activity.
„ (…) Law 303 allows the prosecutors’ evaluation and I will order an external audit to check on their activity, to the Prosecutor’s Office, the DNA, DIICOT, for those 2,650 prosecutors in Romania are also at DIICOT, DNA, in courts, tribunals. It would be unfair to check some and avoid others,” Justice Minister told Antena 3 on Monday.
He hasn’t yet established when the audit would be conducted.
„After a legal procedure, I will order an external audit in all three structures of the Public Ministry, DNA, DIICOT and the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice,” Toader said.
According to him, the audit will establish, among others, the number of records that every prosecutor has, the resolution deadlines, the number of complaints to ECHR, the number of citizens who stayed in prison unjustly.
Last week the justice minister released a report on the activity of Romania’s Prosecutor General and of anti-corruption chief prosecutor amid investigation the two have started against the Government for adopting the controversial GEO 13 intended to amend the criminal law, stating that every law authority must remain within its constitutional boundaries and stick to its jurisdiction.
The minister however stressed that “starting procedure of revoking Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and DNA head Laura Codruta Kovesi is not opportune”, but added that the Justice minister should ensure a close monitoring over the DNA, DIICOT prosecutors and Prosecutor’s Office.
The decision to not sack Kovesi and Lazar stirred the ruling coalition leaders’ discontent.
No threshold for the abuse of office
On the other hand, Justice Minister said Monday that no threshold will be introduced in the drafts amending the Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure to define the abuse of office.”The lawmakers must observe the Constitution, which says that abuse shall be deemed the action by a public servant, and there is no mention of a threshold there,” he argued.
Kovesi fully deserves the PhD title
Toader also tackled the issue of the anti-corruption head’s PhD title, as he was part of the committee that granted this title to Kovesi. The JusMin said that Kovesi fully deserves the PhD title in Law, as her thesis is consistent and he has no self-reproach for being part of the committee that given her the PhD title.