Romania to discontinue special prosecutor position

According to the leader of the National Liberal Party, Ludovic Orban, the proposal regarding the liquidation of the prosecutor investigating the crimes committed in the field of justice is worth considering. The proposal was presented by Minister of Justice Ion Stelian, who blames the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (know by the Hungarian acronym RMDSZ) for the delay of the decision, while RMDSZ says that the minister’s proposal is not adequate.

According to the minister, his proposal offers assurance for all the partners in the coalition who would like a guarantee that the judges and prosecutors will not be the victims of misrules if the corruption cases in which they are involved go back to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

“It looks like RMDSZ does not consider any form of liquidation of the special prosecutor acceptable. The fact that they have several conditions at every meeting proves that they were not sincere when we agreed upon the government program. The liquidation of the special prosecutor was in the government program at all times, together with the setting back of the competencies of the DNA. RMDSZ does not have a problem with the special prosecutor but with the DNA. They do not wish to set back the competencies of the DNA at all,” said Stelian Ion.

RMDSZ says the proposal of the minister is worrisome

The faction leader of RMDSZ in the House of Representatives, Botond Csoma, says that the new proposal does not ensure any real guarantee for the independence of the judges.

According to Csoma, the present proposal does not offer a solution for cases when the proceedings target a judge of the Supreme Court and the judge asks for the case to be moved to another prosecutor. “In the case of the Supreme Court, there is no other place to move a case,” says Csoma.

“I think that it is in the interest of all Romanian citizens to have judges who decide according to the law and according to their own conscience. It is in the interest of the whole country to have independent judges,” Csoma added.

Prime Minister Florin Cîţu expects a unanimous decision. He declared that he supports any solution that would allow for the liquidation of the special prosecutor.

Featured photo: Minister Stelian Ion (ziare.com)

Author: Blanka Székely