Justice Laws bring back people to the streets: Protests on Sunday at the Gov’t offices, followed by a march to Parliament

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The draft bill on justice laws, recently submitted by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to the Parliament, has drawn up the attention of the citizens, which will organise on Sunday a protest downtown Bucharest, to remind the political power that it is being watched over.

The protest is announced on Facebook and will start in Victoriei Square, given the context that the draft bill is being taken care of by former Justice Minister Florin Iordache, the promoter of emergency ordinance 13, which took hundreds of thousands to the streets early this year, ziare.com reports.

Although the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), the Supreme Court president and the Prosecutor General have all requested the return of the draft bill to the Justice Ministry, Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu has announced that the draft bill remains with the Parliament and would be adopted by year-end.

“We may picket the Government, but the reality is that the Government is only a puppet, the justice laws are now at the parliament. On Sunday we gather at the Government and we will leave at 19.00h marching to the Parliament,” the organisers inform about the protest on Sunday, November 5. The Facebook page dedicated to the event is called “We don’t want to be a nation of thieves!”

The organisers blame the fact that the Judicial Inspectorate “would become a political tool in the hands of the Justice Ministry”, whereas the appointment of the chief prosecutors by the minister, without any control from the President, means that the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) will become again PNA and the Public Ministry will be subordinated to political interests.”

“If this law package is adopted by the Parliament, it would be a disaster for Romania and its citizens. We may say farewell to an independent justice,” the post reads.

We remind our readers that on Monday the senators with the legal committee have rejected a draft bill requesting that the persons with final sentences cannot run for presidency.

The draft bill had been filed by several PNL and USR senators to amend Law no. 370/2004 on electing the President of Romania. The draft reads that persons not meeting the conditions under article 37 of the Constitution cannot run for president as well as the persons who were criminally convicted by final sentences.

The PSD, ALDE and UDMR senators voted against and the draft bill was rejected by seven votes to four.

The vote in the Senate plenum is next, followed by the vote in the Chamber of Deputies.

file photo January 2017

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