JusMin Toader announces meeting with AG Lazar, DNAs Kovesi, resignation of the two possible
Minister of Justice, Tudorel Toader, announced on Sunday at private TV broadcaster Antena 3, that he would meet in the upcoming days, with Romania's Attorney General Augustin Lazar, and the prosecutor-chief of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi to discuss the investigation related to OUG 13, showing that he did not rule out the possibility that the two resign. The Minister of Justice was asked what steps he would take after the Constitutional Court released its reasons for the decision which established the existence of a constitutional conflict between DNA and the Government.
"The following days, I will have discussions with the Attorney General by the High Court, Mr Augustin Lazar, and separately with the chief-prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate, on the aforementioned topic, how they related to the law, to the constitutional standard, to the standards of the Venice Commission. In the decision you have seen several paragraphs in which the Commission says that there should be drawn a line between political responsibility and legal-criminal responsibility, that the decision maker, the legislator must have the freedom of choice, the opportunity of the legal act, that the legislator must not have the pressure of criminal liability, that legal acts can be subject to censorship through legal and constitutional procedures. I will discuss separately with them in the upcoming days, to see their point of view," the Justice Minister said.
Tudorel Toader specified, in response to a question, that he did not rule out that both Lazar and Kovesi resign.
Asked what he would do if the two will not resign, Tudorel Toader said: "I would not like to speculate that I know something about this. I just meant there is this possibility. (...) In parallel, perhaps starting tomorrow (Monday — ed. n.), through my colleagues at the Ministry of Justice, we will draw an assessment of the activities performed by the Public Ministry on the one hand, the DNA on the other. And then, the assessment will have two components: on the one hand, the professional one, the causes, and on the other hand, the managerial, the institutions they lead. After my discussion with them I will make this two-fold assessment, I will determine the measures I'll take and I'll communicate my decision to the media."
The Minister of Justice stated that in 10 to 14 days, he would make his decision public.
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