BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president on Friday refused a request from the justice minister to dismiss the county’s top prosecutor, who has clashed with the government over its commitment to fight corruption.
President Klaus Iohannis said he wouldn’t fire Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, a critic of a judicial overhaul that he and others say will make it harder to prosecute senior officials for corruption.
Last month, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader asked Iohannis to remove Lazar from his post based on a 63-page report that alleged mismanagement. But Iohannis said Lazar was “doing a very good job … this so-called evaluation by the justice minister doesn’t adhere to legal” principles.
Iohannis on Friday also rejected Toader’s repeated request to appoint regional prosecutor Adina Florea to the post of chief prosecutor at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate. Iohannis said it was “rather odd” that Tudorel would resubmit her name after Iohannis said last month she was not legally qualified for the position.