Analysis 06 Jul 17

Turmoil Shakes Romania’s Anti-Graft Watchdog

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate, DNA, is caught between internal bickering and external attempts to discredit its work - which experts fear could undermine the fight against corruption in general. 

Ana Maria Touma
National Anticorruption Directorate, DNA, Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi. Photo:Ionutzmovie/Wikimedia Commons.

Romania’s powerful National Anticorruption Directorate, DNA, has come under fire in recent days, with chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi accused by several subordinates of pressuring them during graft investigations.

At the same time, the Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation into both Kovesi’s and Attorney General Augustin Lazar’s management style.

The skirmishes inside the DNA started in June, after a leaked recording allegedly showed Kovesi admonishing anti-graft prosecutors for not doing their jobs, and urging them to bring more high-profile cases against powerful politicians, including the then Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu.

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