U.S. Embassy reacts to Romania justice scandal: The appointments in the National Anti-Corruption Directorate must be the result of correct procedures and consultation
The U.S. Embassy's statement, received by HotNews.ro:
As a NATO ally and close partner, the United States shares the Romanian government,s goal of ensuring the independence and professionalism of the justice system and fighting corruption. The National Anti-Corruption Directorate is a vitally important institution in these efforts.
We express our admiration and appreciation for the excellent work done by Mr. Lucian Papici and Ms. Mariana Alexandru. The critical appointments of their replacements must be the result of correct procedures and consultation to ensure that the DNA continues to be led by the most competent, courageous prosecutors with strong records of fighting corruption. We urge cooperation and consultation on this issue among all parties involved: the Chief Prosecutor of DNA, the Prosecutor General, the Justice Minister, the CSM, and the Presidency.
The U.S. Embassy reaction comes after prosecutor Lucian Papici was revoked from the seat of head of section at the National Anticorruption Department by Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu on Wednesday. Papici had been named in that function a week before. Papici was in charge with the case against prominent politician Liviu Dragnea of governing Social Democratic Party.
Liviu Dragnea, now a deputy prime minister, has been investigated for his role in alleged fraud at a referendum to dismiss president Traian Basescu last year. Prosecutor General Nitu was named in office following a cohabitation deal between Traian Basescu and Social Democratic PM Victor Ponta.