Laura Codruta Kovesi – nominated for DNA, Tiberiu Nita – General Prosecutor, Alina Bica – DIICOT

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta, in his capacity as interim Minister of Justice, on Wednesday nominated Laura Codruta Kovesi for Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and Tiberius Nitu for General Prosecutor.

Also, Alina Mihaela Bica was proposed for Chief Prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Elena Giorgiana Hosu for Deputy Chief Prosecutor of DIICOT.

Proposals were submitted to the Supreme Council of Magistracy (CSM), whose opinion is required under the procedure.

‘Given that the interim term of Mr. Daniel Morar expires on April 3, 2013, and the law does not provide the possibility of extension by CSM, which situation may result in acts henceforth issued by the Public Ministry becoming illegal, under Article 54, paragraph 1 of Law 303/2004, which provides that the General Prosecutor of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ), his prime Deputy Prosecutor, the Chief Prosecutor of DNA, his deputies and prosecutors heads of department, as well as the Chief Prosecutor of DIICOT and his deputies must be appointed by the Romanian President upon proposal of the Minister of Justice, who has to choose from among prosecutors with a minimum 10 years experience in office as judges or prosecutors, with the approval from the CSM also being required, based on my capacity as interim Minister of Justice […] I want to forward the following proposals for approval,’ says the letter addressed by Prime Minister Victor Ponta to the CSM head, Oana Schmidt-Haineala.

Victor Ponta nominated Tiberiu Nita for General Prosecutor of PICCJ, Dimitrie Bogdan Licu for prime Deputy General Prosecutor and Codrut Olaru for Deputy General Prosecutor.

Kovesi was proposed Chief Prosecutor of DNA, Alina Mihaela Bica Chief Prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism and Elena Giorgiana Hosu for Deputy Chief Prosecutor of DIICOT.

‘Taking note of the position expressed during informal talks between members of the prosecutors’ section of the CSM, I ask you to consider the abovementioned proposals, in accordance with attributions conferred to each institution under the constitutional and legal provisions’, reads the letter handed to the CSM head.

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