Out of hatred for the SIIJ, Minister Stelian Ion is inconsistent with himself


After attacking his predecessor at the Ministry of Justice at the beginning of last year, on the grounds that he made proposals for the prosecutor’s office, despite the negative opinions of the Superior Council of Magistracy, Stelian Ion contradicted himself at the end of last week. The second time. He submitted to the Government the draft law on the abolition of the Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes, even though the SCM said that the draft was inappropriate.

The Minister of Justice, Stelian Ion, stated that he signed and sent to the Government the project that provides for the abolition of the Section for the Investigation of Crimes in Justice (SIIJ), despite the negative opinion given by the SCM. “I want to specify that the opinion is consultative and I decided, after analyzing all the arguments, to send this project forward,” said Stelian Ion.

He specified that the abolition of this section means “a normalization, a promise, a clear point in the governing program”. “For me, the negative opinion from the SCM is a disappointment. I was never obtuse at the idea of ​​guaranteeing and strengthening the independence of magistrates, on the contrary I had in analysis some variants. They did not materialize because no constitutional formula was found to promote them. At the same time, no concrete proposals came from the SCM members, other than some that we removed from the initial text, those additional immunities, with which I did not and will never agree “, he added.

Last year, he scolded Cătălin Predoiu, on the grounds of a negative opinion

Well, in February 2020, Stelian Ion imperatively asked the then minister, Cătălin Predoiu, to respect the SCM’s opinions. “The experiences I had when the ministers were Florin Iordache and Tudorel Toader led the European Commission to include in the MCV report the recommendation to comply with the negative opinions of the SCM on the appointments of high-ranking prosecutors until the legal appointment procedures change. Sending these proposals to the President of Romania for appointment as DIICOT prosecutor general and chief prosecutor would blatantly violate these MCV recommendations and would only repeat the unforgivable mistakes of the Iordache-Toader era, “said Stelian Ion, when only he longed for the post of Minister of Justice.

At the time, the USR member was of the opinion that “the seriousness and training of a minister, doubled by the power and good faith of a president, are not sufficient guarantees if the appointment procedures are based on the political factor and if the judiciary itself does not accept these proposals. Stelian Ion’s reaction came after the Prosecutors’ Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy approved the appointment of Gabriela Scutea as general prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, as well as the appointment of Giorgiana Elena Hosu as prosecutor. -Head of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism.

Identical attitude towards the Referendum on Justice

It is not the first time that the Minister of Justice Stelian Ion contradicts, through his actions, the deputy Stelian Ion. In 2019, he urged the parliamentarians not to boycott the referendum on May 26 and said that Romanians should be asked if they agree with the changes in the legislation on Justice in the last two years, changes that, in the opinion of the deputy, would not have been assumed before the 2016 elections. In December 2020, Stelian Ion issued a GEO amending the laws of justice, in total contradiction with the referendum he supported, with such conviction, a year and a half ago.


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