Update 2: Justice Minister postpones assessment of Prosecutor General and DNA chief, Kovesi says not asked to resign

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said Monday he has extended the deadline until Wednesday to submit the assessment about Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and DNA chief Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“On Wednesday I will hold a press conference and I will give all the details,” Toader told the journalists, given that the two-week deadline announced by him has expired Sunday night.

The Justice Minister justified the postponement by the fact that he was in Brussels for two days, hotnews.ro informs.

“Today (Monday) I will have a meeting with the US ambassador and then I go back to Brussels,” he added.

Around 17.00h Monday afternoon, DNA chief Laura Codruta Kovesi arrived at the Justice Ministry, shortly after the visit paid to the same institution by US Ambassador Hans Klemm. She has a meeting with Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who had sent her the message that she is the one to come for talks on the assessment about her activity.

“I wasn’t asked to resign, I don’t intend to resign, I have no reason to resign,” Kovesi said after the talks with the Justice Minister.

Kovesi added only that “DNA did its duty, we’ve had a discussion and I don’t want to offer details, you will find out more after this stage is over.”

DNA sources, cited by hotnew.ro, say the DNA chief had not been invited to talks by the Justice Minister, as part of the assessment of the Public Ministry’s activity.

On March 12, Toader announced he would discuss with the Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and, separately, with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief, Laura Codruta Kovesi, about the investigation of emergency ordinance 13, considering that the law was violated, according to the Constitutional Court decision, and said he does not exclude the option that “the two might resign until then.”

Tudorel Toader said at the time he would conduct an analysis on the Public Ministry’s activity during the next two weeks, and will then make a final decision, including about the revocation of two head prosecutors.

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