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Stefan, Gabriela

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Gândul - Romania | 26/01/2011

Constitutional court paralyses justice

Romania's constitutional court has dissolved the Supreme Magistrates' Council (CSM) elected only last November. The CSM acts as the judiciary's supervisory body and is supposed to guarantee its independence. The step comes after allegations of irregularities in the election of the Council in November. The daily Gândul writes: "Under these conditions the judicial system is practically paralysed: no one among the top ranks of the courts and public prosecutors can be appointed at present; … no disciplinary proceedings can be launched against judges or public prosecutors; the public prosecutors no longer have any instance to appeal to for the arrest of judicial officers, and so on. What's more, the CSM bears special responsibility within the framework of [the EU Commission's] Cooperation and Control programme and the new EU judiciary report is expected in February. … The current blockade in the judicial system shows once more how incomplete and bad the laws in Romania are when it comes to unforeseen situations."

Gândul - Romania | 01/04/2009

Dreaded Romanian hackers?

The first foreign citizen to be sentenced in the US for attempting to gain illegal access to the personal data of Internet users (phishing) to more than four years in prison is a Romanian. This reinforces the false image of Romanians as "dreaded hackers", Gandul newspaper writes: "According to an [FBI] study Romanians rank tenth on the list of computer hackers; they commit 0.5 percent of all such crimes. That's not a very high figure. The industrial nations are ahead of us in the statistics - Americans, British, Canadians - as well as hackers who come from extremely poor countries like Nigeria or Ghana. In other words, it's difficult to establish a connection between computer hackers and a specific country. ... It was only recently that Romania introduced a [legal] classification of computer crimes. Moreover there's the fact that the Romanian police, public prosecutors and judges had no special training in this area. ... This - in addition to the legal loopholes - is the main reason why groups of computer hackers have been able to work undisturbed for years."

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