President Iohannis refers modified criminal legislation to the Constitutional Court
JUDICIARY The President of Romania Klaus Iohannis Friday referred the new changes of the Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure to the Constitutional Court. The head of state argues that the Constitution and the principle of bicameralism have been breached, and says that a previous Constitutional Court ruling, which had found the modified criminal legislation to be against the Constitution, was not implemented. The changes were adopted in April by the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making body in this respect, and included a number of articles criticised by the National Liberal Party, Save Romania Union and People’s Movement Party in opposition, but green-lighted by the Constitutional Court. Some of them are reduced statutes of limitations for criminal liability, the introduction of a one-year deadline to report bribe-giving and influence peddling, full decriminalisation of negligence and halved punishments for embezzlement and abuse of office.
ROYALTY DAY Royalty Day was celebrated in Romania on May 10, recalling three crucial events that helped shape the Romanian modern state. On May 10, 1866, Carol, of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen family, was sworn in, before the Romanian Parliament, as ruler of Romania, thus laying the foundation of the dynasty. On May 10, 1877, Carol I proclaimed Romania's independence from the Ottoman Empire, and four days later he was crowned king. The events marking Royalty Day started with a military ceremony at King Carol’s statue in Bucharest. Guests from Romania and the Republic of Moldova later took part in the Garden Party held at the Elisabeta Palace, the Bucharest residence of the Royal House of Romania. The last sovereign of Romania, King Michael I, died on December 5, 2017, at the age of 96, and was buried on December 16, in Curtea de Arges. The first-born of his five daughters, Princess Margareta, became the custodian of the Crown of Romania.
POLICE Six Romanian police officers are on a support mission in the Czech Republic until July. This is the first mission of this kind, and it has been requested by the Czech police, reads a news release issued by the Romanian Police Inspectorate General. The Romanian officers will assist Romanian citizens in relation with the Czech authorities, take part in joint patrol activities in order to prevent crime and ensure public order and security in the industrial areas in the Czech Republic. At present, 23 Romanian police are on operative support missions in 5 other countries: France, the UK, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
EXTRADITION The Romanian Justice Ministry is working on immediate measures for the extradition of the former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazăre, from Madagascar. The interim Justice Minister Ana Birchall said on Friday that Romanian authorities may request Mazǎre’s extradition because the Republic of Magadascar is a signatory of international conventions against corruption. The former mayor was arrested in Madagascar of Wednesday and is to remain in the custody of the local authorities for 6 days, under a search warrant sent by Romania via the Interpol. In February, an international search warrant was issued against Mazǎre, after he received a 9-year prison sentence in a case involving the fictitious return of several plots of land to former owners. The ex-mayor left Romania in December 2017, claiming political pressure affected the criminal investigations concerning him.
TENNIS The Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, no 3 in the world, has qualified into the Madrid finals. On Friday Halep defeated Belinda Bencic (18 WTA) 6-2, 6-7, 6-0, in the tournament quarter-finals. The Romanian player won the Madrid Open twice, in 2016 and in 2017.
(translated by: Ana-Maria Popescu)