Romania: Parliament alters criminal procedure but what about graft cases?

Romania: Parliament alters criminal procedure but what about graft cases?

On Monday late night, the Romanian lower house of parliament approved long-discussed amendments to the country’s criminal law, that have caused deep division between the society and the government.

People opposing the changes both in the justice and criminal laws of the country base their criticism on the facts that first graft cases will be tucked under the carpet or will not receive severe penalties-rulings and second that the judiciary’s role will be way weaker than now, reminding Romanians more of the autocratic past rule rather than of the bright democratic future they would opt for.

“The new penal handbook designed by the ruling Social Democrats”, Reuters reports “was endorsed in a 175/78 vote by legislators in a speedy procedure. Opposition groups say they plan to challenge it at the constitutional court.

Under the bill, courts of appeals would be barred from convicting a person found innocent by a lower court, unless new evidence is brought by prosecutors. Wire tapping that is not connected with the criminal deed by a person under investigation will no longer be taken into account.”

Among the issues raised by non-supporters of the amendments is also the new maximum length for a criminal investigations which is now set to one year and is closely linked with the improper handling of graft cases. Critics believe that the set investigative time span “would effectively kill the country’s tangled web of graft cases.”

Facts prove that Romania is a top corrupt state in the Union so, the central European authorities have been monitoring it closely since its 2007, when the country became an EU member-state. “The argument over how hard to fight graft has dominated its post EU-entry politics” reads the international news agency.


Although the strongman named Liviu Dragnea, who is also the Social Democrat leader, has been pushed to side to a great degree due to prior “sins” of his, he remains quite powerful basically because he has his loyal political followers. The president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis and himself are political adversaries and disagree publicly and openly on the way the state should be run or where it is heading for -politically wise…. / IBNA

Main Photo: Protesters in the front of the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest in March 2018 rally against the reforms the present government in their country wishes to make in justice and criminal laws