Current regime complement Constitutional Court with loyal persons
The recent appointment of former prosecutor general Corneliu Gurin and Democratic MP Artur Reshetnikov as judges of the Constitutional Court shows the current regime tries to complement the CC with persons loyal to the Democratic Party, former judge Domnica Manole stated in a program on Jurnal TV channel, IPN reports.
According to her, the new CC judges were appointed by flagrantly flouting the law. “All the legal provisions were flagrantly violated. We cannot say that Mister Gurin and Mister Reshetnikov hold the posts legally,” stated Domnica Manole.
Political commentator Alexandr Petkov said those who hold power in Moldova at present simply discredited the Constitutional Court. It has happened for many years. “By such appointments, they cause feelings of fright and profound disappointment in what is going on,” he stated, adding the persons who were appointed CC judges do not have what any Constitutional Court judge should have not only by law, but also by tradition.
Jurist Sergei Mishin said when an MP of the Democratic Party is named CC judge without obeying the internal regulations, the CC starts to be increasingly regarded as a body that stopped being the guarantor of the distribution of powers, as the Constitution provides. “Besides the fact that the CC passes political judgements, it now dares to become involved in constitutional matters and to modify the Constitution as it is suitable for it, more exactly for those who now form part of the Court,” he stated.
The Government on December 12 named MP Artur Reshetnikov, former director of the Security and Intelligence Service, as judge of the Constitutional Court. It happened only one day after the Superior Council of Magistracy appointed ex-prosecutor general Corneliu Gurin to a similar post.
When this article was already published, a message arrived that another was appointed (already the third member of the Constitutional Court for the week). The chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Law, Appointments and Immunity, a relative of the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc Raisa Apolski, is appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court