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Constitutional Court Deems National Security Law Provision Unconstitutional

Romania’s Constitutional Court decided on Thursday that a provision of the country’s national security law, based on which communication interception mandates were issued, was unconstitutional due to its lack of predictability.

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Constitutional Court Deems National Security Law Provision Unconstitutional

The court considered that the phrase “or to other similar interests of the country”, used to describe threats to national security other than those specifically pointed in the bill, was unconstitutional as it could lead to various interpretations of the law.

The provision in question was used as a reference for issuing interception mandates for the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), a practice which was heavily criticized in recent history by politicians and businessmen who were arraigned or sentenced in corruption cases based on evidence gathered from the interceptions.

 

The Romanian Parliament must now amend the bill to correct the unconstitutional provision.

 

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