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Update: Justice Minister rejects all candidates for DNA top position, procedure to be resumed on August 6

None of the candidates for the office of Chief Prosecutor with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has been considered good enough by Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, and the procedure is to be resumed.

“During the selection process the conclusion was that none of the candidates meets the requests in order to be assigned as Chief Prosecutor with the DNA. During the managing programme or the interview, none of the candidates has presented sufficient fundamental elements based on an analysis of the current situation which should allow, consequently, an objective and transparent process of assessing the managing performances,” a Justice Ministry release on Friday reads.

Since the start of the selection process until now, Minister Toader has repeatedly said that there is this option, a statement in this regard being made Friday morning as well: “there is this option I’ve talked about and I can repeat it if you want. Yes, it’s possible to nominate one candidate and yes, it’s possible not to nominate none of them. This is not my option, this means two options of equal shares.”

The second round for selecting the DNA Chief Prosecutor will begin on August 6 and will last for a month, the Ministry of Justice further informs.

Candidates may apply for entry for the vacant position until August 24, 2018. The list of prosecutors meeting the legal conditions for participation in the selection and the schedule for interviews will be displayed at the Ministry of Justice and will be published on its website on August 29, 2018.

The prosecutors participating in the selection will haven interviews with the Minister of Justice during September 3-5, 2018. The selection results will be announced on September 6.

The four candidates were interviewed on Thursday at the Justice Ministry, bringing details on their managing projects and answered the questions from the committee president by the Justice Minister.

The four candidates for the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor position are being interviewed on Thursday by Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader.

The four candidates were:

  • Florentina Mirica – prosecutor-chief of department for fighting corruption with DNA;
  • Cristian Lazar – deputy chief prosecutor of the Department for Criminal Prosecution with the Prosecutor General’s Office;
  • Marius Iacob – deputy chief prosecutor with DNA;
  • Elena Grecu – prosecutor, chief of department in the DNA central structure.

The position of DNA chief prosecutor is vacant after the decree signed on July 9 by President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss former head Laura Codruta Kovesi, decree issued after a Constitutional Court decision.

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