Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Romania urges EU not to hire former anti-corruption chief

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BUCHAREST: Romania’s justice minister has written to his EU colleagues to paint a damning picture of the country’s former anti-corruption chief in a bid to stop her leading a new EU prosecutors’ office.

In the letter, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader accuses Laura Codruta Kovesi of signing “secret and anti-democratic pacts” with Romania’s intelligence agencies in order to cooperate with them on investigations linked to national security or corruption.

“The protocols, since ruled unconstitutional, bring to mind the intermingling of politics, intelligence and law enforcement so notorious in our nation during Communist rule,” said the letter which was published Wednesday by the Romanian media.

Kovesi, 45, led Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) from 2013 to 2018 before being controversially removed at the leftwing government’s behest.

Since then Kovesi has emerged as a front-runner to lead the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which is meant to be in place by the end of 2020.

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