“I do not see any reason to suspend her,” Romanian president Klaus Iohannis said on July in reply to questions on his attitude towards the head of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi.
“I am waiting with great interest the conclusions of the checks that are being conducted at institutional level. (…) When we will have a conclusion, we will discuss that,” Iohannis added.
According to the Romanian president, the rule of law was not affected in Romania by the fact that the DNA made headlines lately for the wrong reasons. The fight against corruption was not affected, but the situation must be clarified he argued, as “it shakes citizens’ trust in the state institutions” and raises questions among Romania’s allies.
“Honestly, I do not believe it affects the fight against corruption. It is proceeding at its normal inner pace. But I do not want to leave the impression that these scandals are good for anything. These scandals are not good, they shake the trust of the citizen in state institutions and raise big questions to our partners and allies. That is why, I want to receive urgent clarifications and not only urgent ones, but also pertinent.
We must know with precision what is true and what is not, regardless of whether it is a scandal created by the media or by certain corrupted politicians interested in bringing into disrepute the fight against corruption or even if it was a mishap, the clarification must come quick and it must be credible,” Iohannis stated.
According to the Romanian president, he awaits the clarifications that will come from the judicial inspectorate, the Romanian Constitutional Court and the Justice Minister.
Asked whether she is planning to resign from her position, Kovesi said on Tuesday she found no reasons to do so.