Romanian magistrates body CSM dismisses two members.

By bne IntelliNews February 27, 2013
Romanias council of magistrates CSM released two of its members, judge Cristi Danilet and judge Alina Ghica, after the procedure was initiated among court judges in the country in January. The procedure was used for the first time in Romania. The dismissal occurred amid an open conflict between prosecutors, who openly and vocally advocated for the independence of judiciary [from politicians and particularly from the government] and judges. The conflict is perceived to have a political dimension, with the prosecutors being backed by former centre-right ruling coalition and President Basescu, as opposed to judges that are seen as more favourable to the incumbent, centre-left ruling coalition. The two judges claimed that there is no reason for their dismissal and accuse of political bias. Both Danilet and Ghica supported prosecutor Oana Schmid Haineala at the top of CSM during the voting in January, helping Haineala to become the first prosecutor at the top of the magistrates body. This triggered the procedure for their dismissal that was completed on Tuesday, February 26.

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