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CSM blames pressure from European officials on judge in Kovesi case
CSM sigla - Consiliul Superior al Magistraturii

The Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM)'s Section for Judges blames pressure from European officials on the judge in charge of settling the appeal brought by the former head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, against the measure of judicial control ordered against her by the Judiciary Crime Investigation Section.

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The statements are made, in an open letter, "to defend the independence of Justice against the political pressure exerted on the national judge vested with a judicial procedure" in the Laura Codruta Kovesi case.

"According to the competences established by the treaties of the European Union, the judicial independence is guaranteed according to the constitutional mechanisms of the member states, and in the present case, by creating unlawful pressure on judges and judicial institutions in Romania, based on Article 133 of the Constitution, the Superior Council of Magistrates's Section for Judges is to apply the legal provisions regarding the defense of the independence of the judiciary. The Superior Council of Magistrates's Section for Judges analyzes with impartiality and objectivity the conduct of politicians related to the independence of the judiciary, regardless of their level of national or European representation, because only by impartial, objective and non-selective action, the European values of the independence of Justice and the rule of law can be fully promoted by identifying slippages and correcting them," the letter reads.

The said section of the Superior Council of Magistrates finds that European leaders, such as Manfred Weber, Guy Verhofstadt and Antonio Tajani, through their statements and actions "have proceeded in a way that puts pressure on the national judge vested with settling the case, interferences which result in undermining the independence of Justice being served by the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the other courts".



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