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Venice Commission's preliminary report – critical. PSD’s Dragnea reportedly contemplates emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardon

Venice Commission’s preliminary report – critical. PSD’s Dragnea reportedly contemplates emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardon

The Venice Commission has published on Friday the preliminary report on the laws of justice with a series of recommendations for the authorities, the main one being to preserve the role of the President and the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) in the procedure of appointing and revoking the DNA and DIICOT prosecutors and the Prosecutor General.

The President of Romania was not removed from the procedure of appointing and dismissing high-ranking prosecutors, but he may refuse the appointment submitted by the Minister of Justice only once, motivated. The CSM has an advisory role in the procedure, both now and in the new form of Law 303/2004 on the Statute of Magistrates, hotnews.ro informs.

Main recommendations:

  • To reconsider the procedure of appointing and revoking the chief prosecutor, preserving the role played by CSM and the President, able to offset the influence from the Justice Minister;
  • The cancelling of restriction imposed to the magistrates on freedom of expression;
  • To reconsider the establishment of the special section of investigating magistrates.

The final report of the Venice Commission is expected on October 19, whereas the Council of Europe has requested the Constitutional Court to restrain from releasing the Codes until the Venice Commission releases its point of view, ziare.com reports.

The Criminal Procedure Code and the Criminal Code were adopted by Parliament in the past month and then were challenged to the Constitutional Court, thus delaying the amendments operated by the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition.

The full preliminary report can be read here.

PSD’s Dragnea allegedly wants GEO for amnesty and pardon, PM Dancila against

According to sources, PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea would be keen to force the adoption of an emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardon, G4Media.ro informs. Reportedly, there is opposition from within the PSD, as Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is against a GEO and threatens to resign.

The Government can adopt an emergency ordinance until Thursday, July 19, when the Parliament’s extraordinary session ends. If the Geo is adopted outside the extraordinary session frame, the summoning of Parliament within 5 days is needed to that the GEO comes into force.

The same sources claim that the PSD MPs have been requested to stay by the phones during the holiday, in the event of summoning an extraordinary session.

It is not the first time when Liviu Dragnea wants to use GEO for amnesty and pardon, the first attempt was in February 2017, when former PM Sorin Grindeanu opposed and then hundreds of thousands of citizens protested in the streets.

Liviu Dragnea was sentenced in the first court to 3 years and 6 months in jail, serving sentence, in the file of fictitious employments at the Child Protection in Teleorman County.

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