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What the newspapers say: February 16, 2006

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Joi, 16 februarie 2006, 0:00


Bucharest papers focus on the organized crime charges rounding up in the Rompetrol case involving the circulation of insider information on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Put they don’t stop here and push further the debate on the fate of the official fight against corruption, seen threatened by a series of European officials.

On both fronts, Justice officials promise to move on despite resistance from both targeted groups.

Cotidianul brings together or the pieces in the scandal surrounding Rompetrol run by businessman Dinu Patriciu, a scandal in which several persons now stand accused of organized crime activities.

Evenimentul Zilei, however, focuses on just one of these persons, the editor of newspaper Ziua, Sorin Rosca Stanescu, well-known for his close relationship with Patriciu.

For its part, Romania libera focuses on the future and writes a general economic, financial and accounting expertise will be run in the Rompetrol case.

Meanwhile, judicial moves against House speaker Adrian Nastase, who is investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) under graft charges, have sparked similar fire.

On one hand, a recent decision by the Senate to reject an ordinance on the creation of the DNA was "threatening" Romania’s admission in the EU, according to EP Socialist leader Jan Marinus Wiersma, quoted by Evenimentul Zilei and Cotidianul.

Wiersma visited his European Socialists’ partners in Romania, Nastase’s Social Democratic Party (PSD), concerned by both corruption charges on him and the Senate decision to reject the DNA ordinance last week.

Gandul, however, figures that both the government and the opposition have reached a common point in that the ordinance allegedly boasts unconstitutional features.

Such media opposition to Justice moves was not alone. Ziua, Sorin Rosca Stanescu’s newspaper counterattacks with new accusations that President Traian Basescu was using double language on such issues.

In its front page article, the newspaper writes that while Basescu – who it sees as being the brain behind the whole pressure on Rompetrol – speaks obsessed with corruption back home, he claimed, as quoted, on a trip to Quatar that "Romania now offers a business environment unaffected by corruption".




















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