‘Lunacy,’ says Nigel Farage after police visit over lockdown trip

The Brexit Party leader was told off after leaving his home to shoot a video on migration in Dover.

‘Lunacy,’ says Nigel Farage after police visit over lockdown trip

Brexit Party leader and former MEP Nigel Farage hit out after he was reprimanded by police for ignoring government advice to avoid non-essential travel.

“Lockdown lunacy,” Farage tweeted, saying that two police officers knocked on his door to remind him about travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“They had received a complaint that I had been to Dover to report on the illegal migrant scandal taking place,” he said, adding: “What a total waste of time and money.”

Farage had ventured more than 100 miles to the Kent coast to make videos about migration in which he described himself as a “key worker.”

Having based much of his campaign for Brexit on migration, Farage on Monday said he witnessed the U.K. Border Force “acting as a taxi service for illegal migrants in Dover.”

“I’ve no idea what the health status, in terms of the virus, is of any of these people coming in,” Farage said.

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Romanian graftbuster’s firing violated rights, European court says

Preliminary ruling backs Laura Codruța Kövesi, who is now EU chief prosecutor.

Romanian graftbuster’s firing violated rights, European court says

Romania violated the rights of its former anti-corruption chief Laura Codruța Kövesi by dismissing her from the post in 2018, the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday.

Kövesi, who last year was appointed the first ever EU chief prosecutor, won widespread international praise during her five-year stint as Romania’s top graftbuster for securing convictions of ministers, mayors and other officials on corruption charges.

But Romania’s then-government, led by the Social Democrat Party (PSD), demanded her firing in February 2018, accusing her of overstepping her powers and not respecting parliament’s authority, among other allegations. President Klaus Iohannis signed a decree in July 2018 dismissing Kövesi, despite publicly opposing the move, after the Constitutional Court ordered him to do so.

In its preliminary ruling on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared that the authorities had violated Kövesi’s right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression.

“It appeared that her premature removal had defeated the very purpose of maintaining judicial independence and must have had a chilling effect on her and other prosecutors and judges in taking part in public debate on legislative reforms affecting the judiciary and judicial independence,” the ECHR said in a summary of its ruling.

Kövesi had spoken out against legal changes pushed by the government including an attempt to decriminalize abuse of office. She had also started an investigation into the way the government passed a decree that decriminalized certain corruption offenses, which prompted the biggest protests in the country since the fall of communism.

The ECHR said Kövesi made those comments as part of her job, and her dismissal for them violated her freedom of expression.

Kövesi also had no way to appeal her dismissal in Romania, which violated her right to a free trial, according to the ECHR.

The parties in the case now have three months to decide whether to request that it be referred to the Grand Chamber of the Court for a final ruling. A panel of five judges would then consider if the case requires further examination. If it rejects such a request, Tuesday’s ruling will become final.

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