Romania’s prime minister Victor Ponta is facing charges of corruption, forgery, money laundering, tax evasion, and conflict of interest.
Prosecutors from the DNA, Romania’s anti-corruption agency, on Monday (13 July) “temporarily seized assets” belonging to the leftist leader following a five week investigation.
Romania’s latest crackdown is part of a larger effort to shake off its widespread reputation for corruption since it joined the European Union in 2007. Hundreds of others have been targeted over the years.
The alleged criminal acts stem from Ponta’s time as a lawyer before he became prime minister in 2012. He is also accused of accepting some €55,000 from a member of parliament who is also a close ally. He allegedly used some of the money to buy two luxury apartments in Bucharest. (EUobserver)