Update: DNA declines file on adopting GEO 13 to the Prosecutor General’s Office. Destruction of documents, forgery suspected

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The file on drawing up and adoption file on the Emergency Ordinance 13 was declined by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

The Public Ministry is to investigate crimes of favouring the offender, presentation in ill faith of inaccurate data to the Parliament or to the President of Romania on the work of the Government or of a ministry, to hide committing acts likely to harm the interests of the state, evading or destruction of documents, for peculating or destruction of evidence or documents and forgery.

Also, DNA prosecutors have classified the case on the use of influence or authority as a person who fulfils a management position in a party in order to obtain for himself or for somebody else money, goods or other undue advantages, hotnews.ro informs.

DNA shows that following the request of the then Justice Minister Florin Iordache, “the specialists from the Ministry of Justice have prepared a note indicating explicitly that the decisions of the Constitutional Court should have been transposed in the legislation, indicating the specific solution for each amendment. Also, the specialty staff said that it is impossible to justify the urgency of promoting legislation by Ordinance.”

“The specialized personnel of the Ministry of Justice have compiled six (6) notifications expressing criticism of the mentioned drafts,” DNA informs.

DNA on the night in which the Government passed Ordinance 13

The DNA prosecutors have drawn up the chronology on the night of January 31, when the Grindeanu Government adopted the Emergency Ordinance 13. DNA said in a statement that “tense discussions” took place that night in the government between the representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for Relations with Parliament (led by Gratiela Gavrilescu), because the latter ministry “was critical on the urgency reasoning for the draft amendments to the Criminal Code”. Finally, that very night the Ministry for Relations with Parliament adopted a new opinion, favourable to GEO 13, and the old opinion had been destroyed by the Ministry of Justice.

The DNA communiqué reads that “the specialists from the Ministry of Justice drafted 6 notifications expressing criticism of the mentioned drafts.” Also, DNA shows that Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu gave approval to GEO 13 on the night of January 31, when the government sitting took place and the ordinance was adopted.

PSD: DNA rejecting GEO 13 – a natural decision. Gov’t activity – obstructed by protests

The DNA decision to send the GEO 13 to the Prosecutor’s Office is seen as a natural decision by the Social-democratic Party (PSD). PSD spokesman Adrian Dobre said on Monday the party has the same point of view as the Constitutional Court.

“PSD is not meant to evaluate the ongoing inquiry. We’ll see the evidence or the details provided by justice. Of course, we don’t know issues related to what happened at the Justice Ministry. The fact that DNA has sent the file seems a natural decision. GEO 13 was legal and founded. We believe the issues will be sorted out soon so that the government continues its activity at full speed,” Dobre said.

Referring to the destruction of certain documents, Adrian Dobre said: “About destroying evidence, if confirmed by justice, we will discuss. For the time being it is only a rumour, we have no information about this.”

Regarding the government activity, the PSD spokesman said it was temporary obstructed due to protests as PM Sorin Grindeanu had to spend a lot of time on this issue. “The government was obstructed for a certain period of time due to the protests, things are clear, due to the pressures,” Dobre said.

 

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