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What the newspapers say: July 23, 2009

de A.C.
Joi, 23 iulie 2009, 7:43 English | Press Review

Anti-graft prosecutors plan to start a penal investigation against ex-Sports and Youth minister Monica Iacob Ridzi,most newspapers read today. Elsewhere in the news, one newspaper reads that Romania will lose 300 new cases at the European Court of Human Rights. Lastly, Romanian sportsman Constantin Popovici, ranked 8 in the world talks about his precarious training conditions in Romania.

Most newspapers on Thursday read about the request of anti-graft prosecutors to start a penal investigation against Sports and Youth minister Monica Iacob Ridzi. Anti graft chief Daniel Morar declared that six persons are currently investigated in the "2 May" case, Cotidianul reads. The main accusation is corruption.

Romanian general prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi will decide if she will officially request an approval of the Parliament for the investigation of ex Sports minister Ridzi in this case.

Elsewhere in the news, a disastrous report on Strasbourg rulings: Romania will lose 300 new trials at the European Court of Human Rights, Romania libera reads. The information was obtained by the newspaper from Romania's governmental agent at the European Court of Human Rights, Horatiu Radu.

Radu declared that at the moment, there are some 10,000 complains against Romania and some 97% are rejected and 3% are ruled against Romania. The financial implications of this statistical data is obvious: the rulings against Romania would cost some tens of millions of euro in the upcoming five years.

The newspaper reads that experience so far ruled that at file sent from Bucharest to the Strasbourg Court spends some 60 months within the institution, from the time the complaint is registered until a final ruling is offered. Romania's Finance minister paid for 2007 and 2008 some 16.5 million euro for unfavorable rulings against the state.

Gandul reads about the amazing performance of sportsman Constantin Popovici, ranked 8 in the world at diving. Popovici confesses the precarious conditions he is forced to train for the world's competitions: without a proper swimming pool, he practices his diving techniques on sponges.

Even so, Popovici is still able to compete to the best world's athletes and managed to achieve a historic record for Romania. Aged 21, Popovici is working to support himself financially and says that even though all his competitions are covered by the national federation, the conditions and equipments offered are of poor quality. 

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