Justice Minister tells Prosecutor General: For each of us, comes a time of assessment

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Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader (photo 1), said on Tuesday that Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar (photo 2), ‘had, in time, positions not on the same frequency as the law in force.’ He added that for each one, comes a time of assessment.

“I know Mr. Lazar for a long time, even before he was Prosecutor General and I was appointed Justice Minister. We collaborated on the academic line; now, as he is Prosecutor General and I am Minister, we cooperate institutionally, within the judicial system. During the time, I believe it is more than a year, he had positions not on the same frequency with the law in force, not on my frequency,” Tudorel Toader said, digi24.ro informs, quoting an interview.

He added that, in some cases, the Prosecutor General took sides.

“He said, for example, that my assessment, on which basis I launched the revocation procedure (of DNA chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi) is allegedly illegal, as a Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) regulation provides a different methodology. I replied at the time that the CSM regulation could not amend the provisions of the law. If the law sets criteria, competences, procedures, I stick to the law, I do not go down to the regulation, a regulation cannot divert from the law, cannot amend it. We were at the CSM at the time. Well, the answer does not matter, anyway he had his way of taking sides,” Minister Toader said.

He added: “For each one of us, comes a time of assessment.”

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