Wednesday, November 28, 2007

DPA: Romanian court decision makes it easier to prosecute politicians

Bucharest - A judgement by Romania's constitutional court Tuesday should make it easier to prosecute politicians. From now on Romania's president alone will decide whether to lift the immunity of a minister after it is requested by the public prosecutor.

Up till now the head of state was required to get the legal opinion of a commission of judicial experts. The court has now declared this process to be unconstitutional.

Tuesday's judgement is considered sensitive because Romania's Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu recently dissolved the expert commission shortly after learning that the public prosecutor was investigating him and Labour Minister Paul Pacuraru on corruption allegations. Chiuariu was accused of trying to prevent his own prosecution by dissolving the commission.

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