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What the newspapers say: July 28, 2009

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 28 iulie 2009, 7:44 English | Press Review

Prosecutors started a witch hunt against ministers or ex-ministers presumed to have abused their position and engaged in corrupt acts. Most newspapers on Tuesday read about the Parliament's decision to approve a penal investigation against ex-Sports minister Monica Iacob Ridzi. Next in line seems to be Tourism minister Elena Udrea and former PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu. Elsewhere in the news, one newspaper reveals how citizens can choose their "most suited" judge even though it is illegal. Last but not least, tourists planning to visit Romania's Danube Delta face lack of transports infrastructure in the area.

Most newspapers on Tuesday read about the Parliament's decision to approve a penal investigation against ex-Sports minister Monica Iacob Ridzi. Prosecutors claim that the former minister was aware of all the unlawful decisions taken for the organization of the May 2 events, marking Youth Day.

The Parliament approved, by 192 votes for and 35 against a penal investigation against Ridzi, Cotidianul reads. At her turn, Ridzi declared that she is part of a party that upholds the rule of law and does not protect its members to escape the law. She underlined that the conclusions on her case should be taken by a court of law and not by journalists or other political adversaries.

Besides Ridzi, Tourism minister Elena Udrea is also in the spotlight, Gandul reads. The Parliament decided to set up an investigation committee to put forward a report and decide whether the ministry led by Udrea spent the ministry's money legally.

Still about justice, Romania libera reads that people can choose a judge that "best suits" their interests, even though in Romania this is illegal. Two years ago, courts introduced an IT system, ECRIS, which automatically and arbitrarily distributes the cases. The system, worth 35 million euro, was introduced to counter corruption in the system.

However, the newspaper reads that magistrates can easily cheat the system: one of the solutions is to introduce the case data incorrect so that the case can get to a judge wanted by one of the involved parties. Another solution is for the judge to declare himself unable to take the case, due to an illness and leave the case to another colleague.

Even Justice minister Catalin Predoiu publicly declared that there are several irregularities in the system. However, officials did not come up with sanctions or solutions to resolve the problems.

Gandul reads that tourists planning to visit Romania's Danube Delta get stuck on their way there as transports infrastructure in the area is almost non existent. The newspaper read that tourists only have few options: the train linking Bucharest to Tulcea was canceled and Romania's airline Tarom stopped flying to Tulcea as early as 1993.

Thus, the only option remains a narrow road, oftentimes crowded. Tulcea's airport general director Constantin Albu declared for the paper that he tried to push Tarom into opening a charter line on the route but he did not receive an answer.

Railway representatives declared that there were few people traveling from Bucharest to Tulcea and return and they were compelled to cancel that route altogether. However, a new train route will be introduced as soon as modernization works on the railway will be complete in the area.


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