Romania’s Justice Ministry promotes new changes to justice laws
Romania’s Justice Ministry, on March 22, sent to the magistrates’ body CSM for reviewing a list of amendments to the Criminal Code, to the related procedures (Law 135/2010) as well as amendments to law 78/2000 on corruption offenses.
Some magistrates’ organizations, quoted by Hotnews.ro, claim that, if enacted, the amendments “will result in a state of general impunity, particularly concerning serious crimes.”
Meanwhile, justice minister Tudorel Toader has taken a couple of days off, until March 26.
One of the amendments to the Law 135/2010 gives PSD leader Liviu Dragnea the chance to appeal the case in which he received a two-year suspended prison sentence, which is final. Specifically, one of the amendments provides that cases judged by five judge-panels (set up in the past under irregular procedures, the Constitutional Court decided) can be appealed even if the final sentence was issued and the case was closed -- an option that is not possible at this time.
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