Romania’s chief anticorruption prosecutor will be nominated for a second mandate

Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate – DNA’s chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi will coordinate the country’s fight against corruption for another three years as she will get a new mandate.

The minister of Justice Raluca Pruna said on Thursday that she would reappoint Kovesi as DNA chief prosecutor. She made this statement at a public conference in which Kovesi presented DNA’s results in 2015.

The anticorruption prosecutors investigated a record number of corruption cases last year and sent many high officials to court, including former Prime Minister Victor Ponta. The prosecutors investigations uncovered EUR 431 mln bribes in a year.

Kovesi’s mandate started in May 2013 and expires in May this year. The minister of Justice makes the proposal for the DNA chief prosecutor seat and the President makes the official appointment.

President Klaus Iohannis recently said that DNA’s results made Kovesi’s reappointment highly possible.

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