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The files for which the EC blames the Romanian Parliament for delaying anti-corruption results

de A.C.
Miercuri, 23 iulie 2008, 14:30 English | Top News

Romania's Parliament is considered one of the main causes for which high corruption cases are not dealt with in the country. According to the European Commission's report on the justice reform and fight against corruption in Romania, the Parliament managed to delay important high corruption files in which former or current politicians are involved.  

Currently, the Parliament has to approve the investigation of four files in which former and current ministers like Adrian Nastase, Miron Mitrea, Paul Pacuraru and Codrut Seres are involved. However, none of these files received the green light from the Parliament.

Romania's former PM, Adrian Nastase is investigated by anti-graft prosecutors for the way he obtained his current house on Zambaccian street, downtown Bucharest. Nastase is suspected that he received the house as a bribe. The Commission has explicitly urged the Parliament to let the file move forward to court.

Adrian Nastase is investigated in another two files set up by anti-graft prosecutors but which stumbled in court: the files have been sent back to the Higher Court of Justice due to some procedural controversies.

Nastase is accused in the files of bribe taking, blackmail and illegal financing of the party's presidential elections in 2004. Moreover, in another file, Nastase is accused of offering bribe to an anti-fraud official.

Former Transports minister Miron Mitrea is investigated by anti-graft prosecutors for bribe taking from the same person as Nastase. Mitrea allegedly received as bribe construction and rehabilitation works for his mother's house, Viorica Mitrea. The works total over 100,000 dollars.

Incumbent Labor minister Paul Pacuraru is suspected of having influenced state companies to offer contracts to his son's company, Mihnea Pacuraru.

Former Economy minister Codrut Seres is investigated for treason by joining an economic espionage group. Apparently, Seres offered classified information about the government's plans to privatize key energy assets.

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