Laura Codruţa Kovesi, dismissed today by the president of the neighboring state from the head of the NAD, held a press conference stating that the decree leaves a big question mark, but encouraged her colleagues to continue the fight against corruption.

Kovesi announced today that it was her last day at the NAD, after about six years of work, saying she would still be a prosecutor.

The former head of anti-corruption said the decision of the RAC, whereby Iohannis was forced to sign the dismissal decree, suggests that Romanian prosecutors could be subordinated to the Justice Minister in the future. Kovesi also said that prosecutors can not lead a political struggle, and her plea was for stable legislation with independent prosecutors.

She was convinced that corruption can be defeated and her dismissal can not be categorized as a defeat: "The brutal way in which the criminal laws are forced to show us they want protection: for the past, for the present and for the future," said Kovesi.

The former anti-corruption chief thanked her colleagues for courage, resilience and professionalism in the fight against crime.

At the end of the speech, Kovesi urged her colleagues and citizens not to abandon the fight against corruption and to continue "Corruption can be overcome, not abandoned."

The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree on the dismissal of Laura Codruta Kovesi from the NAD headquarters on July 9, after the Constitutional Court ordered him to do so on May 30.

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