The High Court of Cassation and Justice (Romania’s Supreme Court) has retorted on Friday to the statements made by the PM and the Social Democrat leaders regarding to the sentence pronounced against the PSD charman Liviu Dragnea on Thursday, warning that justice is done in court and not in the public space.
The ICCJ’s stance comes after the Social Democrats have sprung to Dragnea’s defence, claiming he is innocent.
The Supreme Court retorts that the members of the Government and of the Parliament have no authority to assess to what extent a court order will be maintained or not in the appeal and that they have no competence to say if that ruling had been pronounced under an influence of random, as some voices have expressed.
ICCJ also says in a press release that it appreciates the freedom of speech, but that it should be exerted within certain limits.
The Supreme Court’s magistrates argue that the accusations cast on them that they would not have considered the Constitutional Court’s decisions cannot stand, considering that the verdict pronounced in Dragnea’s case had not even been motivated.
„To claim that the High Court has broken the Constitutional Court’s decisions before knowing the content and the legal and logical reasoning of the verdict cannot serve in anyway to the fair brief of the public and is meant to cast doubt and mistrust over the act of justice. We hail the urge for restraint, but we doubt about the honesty of such an action when it is dubbed by statements that say that it is obvious that rulings had been politicised or they represent a vindictive response to the street’s pressure. Restraint, when it comes to court rulings, means to deeply know the judicial procedures, but, particularly, to know the reasoning of the court ruling at issue,” says ICCJ.
After the Supreme Court has pronounced the verdict in the case of the fictitious hiring file, sentencing Liviu Dragnea to 3.5 years in prison, the Social Democrats rushed to their leader’s defence.
“The court’s ruling in the case of the PSD chairman proves the way that law is enforced in Romania is still under the influence of random,” said PM Viorica Dancila.
Interior Minister Carmen Dan claimed that the verdict is a politicised one, while Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated that the ruling had not considered a previous Constitutional Court’s decision related to the instigation to abuse of office.