Analysis 19 Dec 17

Romanian Prosecutors Battle ‘Dangerous’ Criminal Code Changes

Prosecutors are campaigning against proposed amendments to Romania’s criminal codes that are backed by the ruling party, warning that they would shut down organised crime and corruption investigations and intimidate victims.

Ana Maria Luca
BIRN
Bucharest
View of the Constitution Square in central Bucharest from the Parliament Palace. Photo: lucianf/Flikr.

Romanian prosecutors have taken to social media to raise public awareness about what they say are dangerous changes to justice laws that the ruling Social Democratic Party and its political allies are set to pass through parliament before Christmas.

The Chamber of Deputies adopted last week, in an expedited procedure, hundreds of amendments submitted by MPs to the controversial justice bill, including changes to the statute of magistrates and the organisation of judicial institutions.

These have been described by experts as dangerous for judicial independence, and were adopted despite warnings from magistrates, civil society and international bodies such as the European Union, the US State Department and the Council of Europe.

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