Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar, has decided Wednesday afternoon to delegate former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, as prosecutor to the Guidance and Control Service with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court, our note) as of Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
“Following the decision made by the Prosecutor’s Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) in regard to the activity of Mrs. Laura Codruta Kovesi, after being revoked as DNA chief prosecutor, the Prosecutor General of the Public Ministry, Mr. Augustin Lazar, by Order no.1412 dated July 11, 2018, has decided to delegate her as prosecutor to the Guidance and Control Service with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice,” a press release from the Public Ministry issued on Wednesday.
According to the order, Kovesi will deal with the implementation at the Public Ministry of the National Anticorruption Strategy for 2016-2020.
Wednesday morning, the Prosecutor’s Section of the CSM decided to distribute the former DNA chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, to work with the Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Sibiu, where she will have the position of prosecutor starting July 9.
DIICOT Sibiu is the unit Kovesi comes from.
The former head of the DNA made a request to continue the work with DIICOT Sibiu as prosecutor. Laura Codruta Kovesi did not attend the CSM sitting to support her request, stiri.tvr.ro informs.
The CSM prosecutors discussed on Wednesday, starting at 10:00h, the request of Laura Codruta Kovesi to continue as prosecutor.
Presidency spokesperson, Mădălina Dobrovolschi, announced Monday morning, at Cotroceni Palace, in a press statement, that President Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree to revoke the DNA chief prosecutor, Laura Codruţa Kovesi, in line with the Constitutional Court decision.
In a press statement held right after the Presidency announced her revocation, Laura Codruta Kovesi said that her mandate ends as of today (Monday – our note), arguing the revocation decree raises a big question mark and urging her colleagues within the National Anti-corruption Directorate to continue the fight against corruption.
“As of today, I will no longer work with the DNA. I will remain prosecutor,” Kovesi said during the conference.
Judicial Inspectorate opens new disciplinary investigation on Kovesi
The Judicial Inspectorate has launched a new disciplinary investigation on the former DNA chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, following the release on February 12, by the institution she headed, of a press release, by which information from the Cosma family file was released, a file under progress.
The Judicial Inspectorate has notified ex-officio and has started a new disciplinary investigation on the name of Kovesi, after being issued by the Directorate on February 12, 2018, a press release in which data from files in progress, confirm the representatives of the Inspection.
The press sent by the DNA to the media, in order to respond to Vlad Cosmas’ accusations at Antena3 TV private broadcaster, when he presented audio recordings with the former head of DNA Ploieşti, Lucian Onea.
In order to clarify the situation, the DNA presented the transcripts of the talks between Mircea Cosma, Vlad Cosma’s father and a police officer with DNA Ploiesti, as well as discussions with their close people.