Romania: Romanians protest at move to fire anti-corruption prosecutor

February 26, 2018

Tudorel Toader sparked demonstrations with call for anti-graft Laura Codruta Kovesi’s dismissal

Protesters against corruption this week outside the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/Getty

Romanians rallied across the country and abroad on Sunday to denounce government attempts to sack the nation’s top anti-corruption prosecutor and pursue reforms that could benefit scandal-plagued politicians from the ruling party.

Thousands gathered on a snowy evening in the capital, Bucharest, and smaller protests took place in other cities and outside Romanian embassies, including in Dublin, in the latest round of demonstrations against the governing Social Democrats (PSD).

Justice minister Tudorel Toader sparked the protests by calling last week for the dismissal of Laura Codruta Kovesi, for allegedly exceeding her powers as head of Romania’s national anti-corruption directorate (DNA). The DNA has been highly praised by international experts for prosecuting numerous deputies, ministers and two ex-prime ministers for alleged wrongdoing in recent years, but Ms Codruta Kovesi has made powerful enemies along the way.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/romanians-protest-at-move-to-fire-anti-corruption-prosecutor-1.3405196

http://www.business-review.eu/news/the-fight-in-the-justice-system-continues-kovesi-to-be-questioned-by-superior-council-of-magistracy-tomorrow-159111

http://www.business-review.eu/news/dnas-kovesi-reacts-to-removal-request-made-by-justice-minister-158803

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Codru%C8%9Ba_K%C3%B6vesi

http://www.mediafax.ro/social/laura-codruta-kovesi-audiata-de-procurorii-din-csm-sectia-decide-ce-aviz-va-da-in-cazul-cererii-de-revocare-a-sefei-dna-17035034 (ROMANESC)

https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Codru%C8%9Ba_K%C3%B6vesi (ROMANESC)

https://lepetitjournal.com/bucarest/actualites/dna-135-procureurs-de-la-dna-soutiennent-kovesi-contre-sa-revocation-224376 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_roumanie-des-milliers-de-gens-dans-la-rue-pour-protester-contre-la-corruption?id=9851280 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/0/1829571/2018-02-26/romania-procuratori-anticorruzione-chiedono-a-csm-di-difendere-categoria-e-indipendenza-2 (ITALIANO)

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