Costel Comana, 53, was a Romanian millionaire about to be indicted for corrupt business deals in his native country when he hanged himself in the toilet of an Airbus just before the plane landed in Costa Rica.
A Bucharest court sentenced Tuesday Romania’s former tourism minister Elena Udrea to six years in prison for misusing government funds and demanding bribes from private firms contracted by her ministry.
About half a million Romanians all over the country continued their anti-corruption protests Sunday evening, demanding that the Prime Minister and his cabinet resign even after the government scrapped the controversial corruption decree that prompted week-long rallies.
Anger over a government decree that could free dozens of corrupt officials triggered the largest protests Romania has seen since the 1989 revolution and prompted one of the country’s ministers to resign on Thursday.
Romania’s parliament endorsed a new cabinet on Wednesday, despite criticism some of its members having either faced accusations of corruption or taken part in efforts to soften anti-corruption laws.
Romania’s president rejected a left-wing nominee for prime minister on Tuesday after a report by OCCRP partner RISE Project revealed her husband had made online comments in favor of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Romania’s president has said he will delay the nomination of the country’s next prime minister, after a report by OCCRP partner RISE Project revealed online postings by the husband of the front-runner in favor of Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad.
The Romanian branch of hypermarket chain Hornbach has announced it is severing its relationship with Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer, following an OCCRP investigation implicating the company in illegal logging.
Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice sentenced the former head of the country’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) to four years in prison on Tuesday for attempting to help a businessman dodge jail time for corruption, local media reported.
A Romanian court on Wednesday placed the head of the nation’s electoral monitor in pretrial detention for 30 days on suspicion of influence peddling and money laundering, local media reported.
Romanian anti-corruption officials handed out 50 indictments on Friday in an alcohol industry tax evasion case that allegedly caused more than US$ 140 million in state losses.
Romanian authorities said Thursday seven people were detained on suspicion of committing credit card fraud throughout Europe.
Romanian anti-corruption officials questioned the former head of the country’s tax agency on Monday on accusations that he took a bribe in exchange for awarding public contracts, the anti-corruption agency said in a statement.
A Romanian crime group which ran a training center where members could learn how to commit robberies, known as the Villain Academy, received a total of 84 years in prison in a Romanian court Thursday, according to Romanian media.
Two senior officials of Romania’s tax agency and finance ministry resigned on Friday after being accused of complicity in a nearly US$ 145 million tax evasion case involving alcohol producers and marketers.
Romanian prosecutors on Tuesday indicted the former deputy governor of the country’s central bank, Bogdan Olteanu, for allegedly receiving a € 1 million (US$ 1.1 million) bribe to influence the appointment of a governor.
A leader of Romania’s opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) resigned on Wednesday after being charged with influence peddling during his time as president of the nation’s Senate.
The once-lush woods have been turned into a graveyard of stumps. Once extending from northern Romania to western Ukraine, the last virgin forests in Europe were mercilessly cut down.
Romanian authorities arrested the police chief of the southeastern town of Mizil and three alleged members of a prostitution ring whose operations the chief allegedly protected. The group is accused of coercing minors into prostitution.
Romanian prosecutors charged former Prime Minister Victor Ponta with abuse of office and “complicity in money laundering” on Tuesday in case connected to a 2012 visit by former British prime minister Tony Blair to Bucharest.
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