Romanian anti-graft boss faces corruption charges

Romania’s Anti-Corruption Directorate Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi is facing a serious challenge as the country’s top legal body has summoned him to answer charges made by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.

Reports say the justice minister wants her ousted over what he says are serious concerns about the way she does her job.

Romania’s top legal body, the Council of Supreme Magistrates said on Monday that Kovesi would be asked to respond Tuesday to a 20-point report made by Justice Toader.

Toader has claimed that Kovesi has “deformed reality” about Romania and its rule of law in interviews with the foreign media.

He also said she displayed an “excessively authoritarian attitude” by personally supervising prosecutors investigating a contentious decree that would have decriminalized official misconduct.

The minister also claimed Kovesi strove to convict senior officials “at any price.”

Kovesi denies the accusations. Punch

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