Romania: Protesters slam proposal to dismiss chief corruption prosecutor

As many as 5,000 protesters rallied in Bucharest on Sunday to slam Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader's decision to dismiss the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Agency (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi. Toader has supported his claims with a 36-page long report which he read out to the media on Thursday, during an 80 minute-long press conference. Incidentally Kovesi has been... Еще investigating a corruption case involving embezzlement of EU funds by a company which is supposedly linked to the ruling Social Democratic Party's chairman, Liviu Dragnea. Protesters brought effigies of Dragnea and of the Justice Secretary wearing prison fatigues, watched over by two other effigies, of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Kovesi wearing judge's gowns. After a brief mock trial, the three effigies were hanged by a mock gallows. Despite the Justice Secretary's intentions, the final say in the matter of naming or revoking chief prosecutors is strictly in the hands of the President. Iohannis has already made it clear that he sees no ground for Kovesi's dismissal.

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