VIDEO | Well-known Romanian judge suspended over Tik Tok posts

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Romanian judge Cristi Danileț has been suspended from the profession for posts he made on Tik-Tok.

Danilet, who is a judge at the Cluj Tribunal, is known for his outspokenness and for demanding judicial reform.

The Superior Magistrates Council said Monday he was being suspended him for “behavior which affects the image of the justice system.” The ruling can be appealed.

“They decided to exclude me because I posted two short films … one where I was  cutting a hedge, and the other one I was cleaning a swimming pool.”

“I didn’t make any comment about the justice system and the images have nothing to do with the profession,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and former Justice Minister Stelian Ion accused the governing coalition of eliminating a critical judge.

“They are demolishing the justice system,” they said.

Cristi Dănileț  has been one of the most outspoken critics of the justice system who has called for reforms. He has taken part in street protests against a series of laws that would have made it harder to prosecute high-level corruption.

Danilet said he would protest Monday’s ruling. It is not the first time he has had a disciplinary ruling against him.

The Superior Magistrates Council sanctioned him in May 2019 for writing on Facebook that “the army could take to the streets to defend democracy.”

He appealed the ruling, but lost.

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