Romanian ex-farm ministers indicted over corruption

Already a handful of probes into allegations of corruption among former and current cabinet ministers, including ex-Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, are stalled by delays in courts or changes in legislation.

Romanian ex-farm ministers indicted over corruption
Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors indicted two former farm ministers on Monday on charges of abuse of power, after months of foot-dragging due to political bickering.

Bucharest is trying to convince the European Union, which it joined last year, that it is taking steps to strengthen its judiciary and fight graft ahead of a monitoring report later this year. But observers warn justice reforms are waning.

Already a handful of probes into allegations of corruption among former and current cabinet ministers, including ex-Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, are stalled by delays in courts or changes in legislation.

Prosecutors said former Farms Minister Decebal Traian Remes received food products worth 1,500 lei ($644) and the sum of 15,000 euros ($23,710) from a local businessman in exchange for favouring his son's firm at two public tenders.

They also indicted another ex-Farm Minister Ioan Muresan as an accomplice, saying he acted as an intermediary for the transfer of goods to Remes from businessman Gheorghe Ciorba. The businessman has been charged with bribery.

In a statement prosecutors said Ciorba used Muresan to offer Remes a luxury car worth 65,000 euros in order to win one tender.

Remes resigned in October last year after footage of him taking an envelope was broadcast on national television and made front page headlines for weeks. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2008, 12:04
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