Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, has answered on Wednesday the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) prosecutors, who have expressed concerned that the minister said the Prosecutor General’s Office has distanced itself from its constitutional role of guaranteeing the citizens’ rights, adding that he would request an official reply about this concern, and about how concerned were they when the prosecutors in Brasov asked to suspend the Constitutional Court decisions.
“It is concern step by step of the CSM prosecutors! On August 27, 2018 I said the Public Ministry has distanced itself from its constitutional role. On August 28, 2018, the CSM prosecutors (which include also the Prosecutor General) took notice with concern of the statement. Today, on August 29, 2018, I will request CSM for an official answer to read how concerned the same prosecutors were when, unanimously, all the prosecutors upon the Brasov Court, requested the suspension of all Constitutional Court decisions,” Minister Toader wrote on Facebook.
He referred to the request coming from the prosecutors with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the Brasov Court to suspend all the CCR decisions and of other factors involved in the legal process regarding the amendments to the laws of justice, until an opinion is issued by the Venice Commission, requesting also the observance of all GRECO recommendations.
On Tuesday, the Prosecutors Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) has reacted, following the statements made by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who said the Public Ministry has distanced itself from its constitutional role of guaranteeing the citizens’ rights, and says such statements are serious for the judiciary and question the credibility of the institution.
“The Prosecutors Section has taken note with concern of the public statements made the Minister of Justice on August 27, 2018, according to which ‘the Public Ministry has gradually distanced itself from its constitutional role (…) has progressively moved away from the role of guaranteeing the citizens’ rights and freedoms’. These statements, which accredit the idea that prosecutors carry on their activity in violation of the legal framework and fundamental freedoms of citizens, are serious allegations to the judiciary in Romania. The prosecutors’ section points out that, such statements of a general nature, are likely to question the activity and credibility of the Public Ministry,” the CSM Prosecutors Section said on Tuesday.