Romanian prosecutors issued notifications on Wednesday night banning foreign citizens involved in shady deals related to the privatization of Romanian companies from leaving the country.

The case revolves around a senior official of the Economy Ministry, Dorinel Mucea, who allegedly had a key role in negotiating a series of abusive points in the contract by which Austrian company OMV bought Romanian oil major Petrom.

Among the Romanian suspects in the case one can number several influential officials from the Privatization, IT&C, and Industry authorities.

According to th Romanian Public Ministry, prosecutors from DIICOT, the main body investigating organized crime and terrorism cases in the country, has received from national security authorities a notification related to the existance of an organized crime group formed around Bulgarian citizen Stamen Stancev, involved in the privatization of Petrom as a consultant to an international banking company for its businesses in Romania.