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Minister Toader orders an external audit at DNA and DIICOT


Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Monday that he will order an external audit at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). 

"I didn't forget and don't forget the fact that the Law No.303 allows the prosecutors' assessment, this time on the content, and I will dispose an audit, an external audit that will verify, not the DNA and the DIICOT, because Romania's prosecutors, the 2,650 prosecutors operate, carry out, fulfill their competence in the basic structures of the Public Ministry, the Prosecutor's Offices attached to the Courts, Courthouse, Court, at the DIICOT or the DNA. Then it would be unfair to search the content and stop at someone and elude others. I tell you [...] that in a period I haven't set, following a legal procedure, I will order, as Minister, an external audit to be performed at the three structures of the Public Ministry, namely the DNA, the DIICOT and the High Court of Cassation and Justice," Tudorel Toader said on the Antena 3 private television station. 

When asked what the respective audit should look into, Toader said that into "a lot" and it could contain the verification of the number of cases, acquittals or citizens who were unlawfully imprisoned. 

"A lot, I will establish them, but I can say: the number of cases, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and we are talking about a reasonable deadline in solving a case, to see from the notification until it was solved, the indictment, the case's dismissal, what could be, how long ago. So that some of them to be taken over their turn and others stand in waiting towards a prescription. One can see, for instance, the number of defendants, the number of people arrested, the number of our citizens who were unlawfully imprisoned and, afterwards, acquitted, one can see the convictions at the ECHR following those, the amounts of money that ECHR forced us and we, from the state budget, plead against, although no matter how much is the compensation, the ECHR doesn't offer a large compensations, the ECHR gives principle solutions and compensations more on the limit of covering a moral damage, but not even that, because any amount of money is not likely to cover an illegal, unreasonable, unjustified detention period," the Justice Minister also said.