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DNA requests firm reaction of CSM face to 'unprecedented attacks' to anti-corruption prosecutors

The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) launched on Monday a plea in which it requests the members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) to evince a firm reaction to "the unprecedented attacks aimed at anti-corruption prosecutors", informs a press release

The attacks are launched by "media trusts partisan of some political groups or business interest groups, together with people who were convicted or are under DNA investigation," the release adds.

"In the context in which very serious and hazardous affirmations are launched that cases are being forged, DNA prosecutors continue to do their job and identify criminal aspects, to gather evidence in order to bring to justice people who break the law, and to seize the unlawfully obtained goods. However, the document draws attention to the fact that all this media climate has not been and is not favourable to the justice act, and without a reaction, it risks to seriously undermine the judges' authority and question the magistrates' professional deontology," further reads the DNA release.

According to the cited source, in the last year, a number of 24 notifications were formulated regarding the defence of the judiciary system's independence and notices that were sent to Chief Prosecutor of Romania.

"It is unprecedented how media trusts partisan of some political groups or business interest groups, together with people who were convicted or are under DNA investigation make daily numerous public statements and comments, through which DNA prosecutors are stigmatized, slandered, aspects of their private life are exposed. All this media climate has not been and is not favourable to the justice act, but DNA prosecutors continue to do their duty, (...) and in order to defend themselves against these attacks they resort to legal instruments which provide for the possibility to address the Superior Council of Magistracy to look for defence of their reputation or independence," the DNA plea mentions.

According to the same source, stronger counterattack mechanisms would be necessary, considering that very serious and hazardous affirmations are launched that cases are being forged.

"We find ourselves in the situation that DNA prosecutors are bullied with serious, profoundly offensive and absurd accusations in the talk-shows of certain television channels, tabloid sites or newspapers partisan to certain trends and interest groups, so it can be said that there is pressure exerted by people under investigation on prosecutors and DNA likely to seriously undermine judicial authority and to put into question the professional ethics of magistrates," reads the call addressed to CSM. 

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