Justice Minister Raluca Prună has forwarded on Thursday the proposal to reinvest Laura Codruţa Kovesi (photo) in the office of chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM).
CSM spokesman Dana Pantazi has confirmed Thursday that the Justice Minister’s proposal for reinvestment as head of DNA was recorded as received on February 29.
CSM Section for prosecutors is to establish a timetable for the approval of the proposal submitted by Minister Raluca Prună.
On February 25, Raluca Prună said that she intends to apply the law by proposing to reinvest Laura Kovesi Codruţa as DNA chief prosecutor.
President Klaus Iohannis reiterated his approval regarding the Justice minister’s proposal to reinvest Kovesi as anti-corruption chef prosecutor. Asked if he heas been informed on this step, the head of state said: “It’s obvious I have been informed about this initiative and I have already went public twice on this topic. I think the DNA’s results speak for themselves.”
In the other hand, Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu said early this week that the Justice Minister’s announcement to support Laura Codruta Kovesi for another DNA mandate is a violation of procedures and has called on PM Dacian Ciolos to warn Minister Raluca Pruna.
“I want to be very well understood: I am not talking about the person. I am talking about the principle and the legal procedures which the minister has violated and disregarded. (…) Although regarding the prosecutors, the minister said she would observe all procedures, now we see she goes pass them, she is very convinced of what she has to do and wants to observe the procedure only for the Prosecutor General, while for the DNA chief she had found a shortcut, the announcement during a press conference,” Tariceanu said on Monday.
The Senate Speaker also claims the Justice Minister has given a bad signal for the system, as the prosecutors have seen some ‘offices’ are ‘booked from the very beginning’.