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President Iohannis requires the government to abandon the steps regarding pardon and the amendments of the Criminal Code

President Klaus Iohannis requires the government to ‘abandon’ the steps regarding pardon and the amendment of the Criminal Code saying that the government cannot ignore the will of the citizens, after the protests of Sunday night.

‘The government cannot ignore the will of the citizens which is sovereign. The voice of the people cannot be ignored! A solid democracy is one where the majority does not abuse their rights only because temporarily they have the power. I require the government to abandon the steps regarding pardon and the amendments of the criminal codes. Romania has to lose by the continuation of this situation which brought tens of thousands of people in the streets’ a message of president Klaus Iohannis posted on Facebook on Monday says.

The Supreme Council of the Magistrates reunited in its plenary, in the absence of the minister of justice Florin Iordache gave on 25 January emergency negative notice for pardon and amendments of the criminal codes. The notice given by CSM is a consultative one.

Regarding this issue, president Klaus Iohannis started the procedure for the organisation of a referendum. The president rejects the two emergency ordnances regarding pardon and the amendment of the criminal codes.

The draft emergency ordnance promoted by the minister of justice includes total pardon of the sentences under five years as well as half of the sentence for pregnant women, of those who have dependents under five years old, of those over 60 and of those with terminal diseases.

The provisions do not apply to recidivists, nor to those who evaded punishment and nor to those who committed crime after 18 January 2017. The draft includes taking into effect on 18 February 2017.

The draft emergency ordnance which amends the provisions of the criminal code and the code for criminal procedures takes into account damage larger than 200,000 lei in the case of abuse of office, reducing from 7 to 3 years of detention the maximum level of the punishment and the elimination of the interdiction to occupy a public position.

As regards the conflict of interests, among those mentioned as beneficiaries of the patrimony following the crime committed by the public servant will not be found anymore and neither the ones the latter had working rapports with in the last five years. Denouncements will be valid only they are made in term of six months since the commitment of the crime.

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