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What the newspapers say: June 23, 2009

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 23 iunie 2009, 2:59 English | Press Review

For the third time in a row, the governmental coalition failed to reach an agreement in the Chamber of Deputies on the immunity of former PM Adrian Nastase, one newspaper reads on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the news, the government assumed the new judicial codes despite civil society protests and dissatisfaction from prosecutors. Last but not least, journalist Sorin Rosca Stanescu to sue President Basescu for false declarations.

Cotidianul reads that, on Tuesday, the file in which former PM Adrian Nastase is investigated for corruption will be on the agenda of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. For the third time in a row, the newspaper reads, the governmental coalition failed to reach a consensus during the debates in the Chamber regarding Nastase's immunity.

After three hours of intense debates, the Chamber of Deputies decided how to deal with Nastase's case. Therefore, the paper reads, Social Democrats, Liberals and Hungarian Democrats outrun the Democrat Liberals and thus decided that the Chamber should cast a vote on the Regulations Committee report which stated that the request of the general prosecutor is not legal.

Romania's general prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi officially requested the Chamber to recast the vote taken on August 13, 2008 on Nastase's file arguing that, meanwhile, the immunity status of Parliamentarians was changed by the Constitutional Court.

If the Chamber of Deputies will vote for the report, then Nastase's file will be closed. Also on the agenda on Tuesday, the Chamber will decide whether it will set up a committee to investigate the Sports minister, Monica Iacob Ridzi and her recent money allocations for Youth Day.

Most newspapers today read about some 60,000 euro spent by the Sports ministry for Youth Day manifestations. Cotidianul reads that even though official documents reveal that the ministry paid this sum, contracted bands performing at manifestations received maximum 15,000 euro.

Elsewhere in the news, Evenimentul Zilei reads that the government officially assumed both the Penal and Civil codes, the future pillars of the Romanian judicial system. The decision was taken despite considerable dissatisfaction coming from both civil society representatives and prosecutors.

On the one hand, prosecutors claim that the new codes reduce penalties for corruption cases and adjacent crimes. On the other hand, civil society representatives argue that the new laws were set up on a rush. On the last minute, the executive gave up some of the most controversial issues like imprisonment for photographing private properties without the consent of the owners.

The two laws will become the main pillars of the judicial system, starting 2011.

Last but not least, Gandul reads that journalist Sorin Rosca Stanescu sued President Basescu after the latter declared for local TV channel B1 TV that four years ago, the journalist urged Basescu to intervene in the favor of businessman Dinu Patriciu.

Stanescu declared that Basescu's declarations triggered negative consequences for the journalists' image. In a press release remitted to the Romanian news agency Mediafax, Stanescu explained that Basescu admitted at some point that he has no proof in this case. Stanescu underlined that at the time he did not want to sue Basescu but his recent declarations against him prompt him to take some measures.




















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