Romania’s Ruling Party Leader Faces New Corruption Investigation

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The powerful leader of Romania’s Social Democrats is facing a new anti-corruption probe that could disrupt the ruling party as it pushes ahead with a controversial overhaul of the judiciary.

Liviu Dragnea, who already has a two-year suspended prison sentence for trying to rig a referendum and is under investigation in a separate case, is suspected of forming an organized crime group, giving false statements and abusing his official post, anti-corruption prosecutors said Monday in a statement. The allegations concern misuse of European Union funds during Dragnea’s 2000-2012 stint as head of the southern Teleorman county. Prosecutors said they worked with the European Anti-Fraud Office, or OLAF, on the case.

“It’s no surprise — I said from the start that this entire circus would have no meaning if I wasn’t called there,” Dragnea told a party event Sunday. “In my case they’re going to move straight to the second phase of the investigation. We’re not playing games.”

Read the original article here: bloomberg.com


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