Former prosecutor-in-chief Kovesi: It will definitely affect my candidacy to European Public Prosecutor's Office; I won't stop

Bucharest, Feb 15 /Agerpres/ - The former prosecutor-in-chief with the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, on Friday, upon her exit from the Prosecutor General's Office, said that she won't give up, but continue with her candidacy for the top job at the European Public Prosecutor's Office, being ready to attend the hearing in the European Parliament, scheduled for February 26.

She also mentioned that the current case, in which she is being investigated by the Section for the investigation of magistrates, which is meant to bring former FNI (National Investment Fund) head Nicolae Popa back to Romania, might affect her candidacy.

'It will definitely affect my candidacy. But I won't stop. I will go to the hearing in the European Parliament on February 26, as scheduled. However, there are a few more steps the candidates need to take until then. I will be sure to take them,' said Kovesi.

In her opinion, there is no coincidence in the fact that this case was opened precisely when her candidacy for the top job at the European Public Prosecutor's Office was announced.

'This is no coincidence. For two years and a half now I have been harassed. Criminal complaints, disciplinary actions. I have 4 disciplinary actions, 18 criminal files. And I am not the only one in this situation. All those who did their job in magistracy face problems. The President of the High Court of Cassation is also dragged in a disciplinary action, members of the CSM [Supreme Council of Magistrates] who were more vocal are also being disciplinarily investigated. Prosecutors and judges who commented about the justice laws are also subject to disciplinary investigations,' she showed. AGERPRES (RO - author: Eusebi Manolache, editor: Georgiana Tanasescu; EN - author: Cristina Zaharia, editor: Adina Panaitescu)