The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Romania’s decision to fire the former head of its anti-corruption body as a violation of her right to freedom of expression and a fair trial.
The former head of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate, Laura Kovesi, was indicted late last week on charges of abuse of office and taking bribes, and has been forbidden from speaking to the media or traveling abroad.
Romania’s recent reforms on criminal procedure and legislative processes lack transparency and the ability to keep corruption in check, said a report from the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body, released on Wednesday.
Romania’s judicial watchdog rejected on Tuesday the justice minister’s bid to dismiss a key anti-corruption prosecutor for abusing her authority.
Tens of thousands of Romanians braved heavy snow in Buchareston Saturday to protest bills passed by parliament seen as weakening anti-corruption efforts.
Thousands took the streets across Romania on Sunday to protest against attempts by the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) to revamp the country's judiciary system, which would allegedly hamper the recent anti-corruption drive, news broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
More than 10,000 people rallied in Bucharest on Sunday against a proposal by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader that would overhaul the judicial system and undermine the country’s anti-graft efforts.
The deputy chief of Romania’s central bank resignedon Monday over allegations he accepted a € 1 million (US$ 1.12 million) bribe.
The Romanian Constitutional Court (CCR) unanimously decided Wednesday that abuse of office remains a criminal offense, fending off an attempt by several indicted officials to weaken the law.
Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) seized € 2 million (US$ 2.7 million) worth of property owned by InterAgro, a fertilizer and agricultural conglomerate controlled by billionaire Ioan Niculae, reported Romania Insider.
A Sacramento federal court charged Dumitru Martin, a Romanian investor, with bribing a United States Air Force major in order to win a US $10.4 million military contract according to the The Sacramento Bee newspaper.
Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) has charged Bruno Roche, CEO of Apa Nova from 2008 to 2013, with bribery and influence peddling.
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