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Request for Mr. Victor PONTA. Postpone and repair the new Codes until the 1st of September!

Since last autumn, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the National Anticorruption Directorate, the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism and the Superior Council of the Magistracy have highlighted officially the articles of the new Codes that will obstruct the fight against corruption, organized crime and terrorism. Moreover, they have also flagged up those provisions that stand to cause chaos within the justice system. They proposed solutions, which have been noted in the latest CVM report. They did not received any official response from the government.

If the new codes will enter into force tomorrow, without being amended trough an Emergency Ordinance, then they will lead to the irremediable destruction of important files, they will seriously compromise the fight against corruption, organized crime and terrorism, they will disrupt Romania's international cooperation with the US and the EU member states in matters of criminal investigation and they will damage the image of the justice system in the eyes of the public, as courts will give different interpretations in similar cases.
As modifying these articles has proven to be difficult in the last four months, we request the Romanian Government, led by Mr. Victor Ponta, to postpone the entering into force of the new Codes until the opening of the judicial year, on the 1st of September. Thus, the authorities will have the necessary time to identify the best solutions through consultations with the Superior Council of the Magistracy, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, the National Anticorruption Directorate, and Romania's foreign partners. The provisions in need of revision can be adjusted during this parliamentary session - until the end of June - and they can enter into force on the 1st of September 2014.

January 31st, 2014

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