EU’s top prosecutor recounts letter from family of slain journalist Ján Kuciak as key to her decision to run for office

epa07419434 Laura Codruta Kovesi (R), 45, former chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (DNA), arrives for a hearing at the Special Investigative Section for Prosecutors headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania, 07 March 2019. Romania's Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who removed Codruta Kovesi from her position last year, accused her of signing 'secret' deals with the national intelligence agency in a anti-democratic manner, and informing the European Commission. Kovesi, who is running for the post of European Chief Prosecutor, denied the official misconduct and bribery allegations. After the Romanian administration decided to block Kovesi's application, the European Commission reacted by stating that prosecutors running for the position of European Chief Prosecutor shall be treated fairly. Kovesi said she was informed about the allegations formed by the Special Investigative Section for Prosecutors, and she filed two appeals as a reaction. Romania in the last years struggled to combat corruption, and the DNA was one of the main institutions in the fight, under Kovesi command. EPA-EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT

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Unless Slovakia possesses genuine independence in law enforcement, it cannot combat high-level corruption.

The EU’s top prosecutor Laura Codruţu Kövesi said so during her visit to Bratislava on February 18. She met with President Zuzana Čaputová and students during a debate at Comenius University in Bratislava, as reported by the SITA newswire.

Kövesi, Romanian, was appointed as the European Chief Prosecutor in mid-October 2019. “I remember a letter signed by Ján Kuciak’s family supporting my candidacy,” Kövesi said, as quoted SITA.

That letter was one of the crucial moments why she decided to run, she said.

 

Via Slovak Spectator

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