Romania Laid Corruption Charges against 9 MPs, 4 Ministers

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | May 2, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00

Prosecutors in Bucharest have laid corruption charges against nine members of parliament and four ministers, including former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, shows data of the anti-corruption department.

Days before the European Commission publishes its key report, Daniel Morar, Romania's new chief anti-corruption prosecutor, said the officials include ministers, state secretaries, current and former members of parliament. They have been charged with hurting the image of Romania.

"The legal proceedings may take at least two years, so we can't talk about sentences yet," Morar said.

The news comes a day after a Romanian report said the draft EU Commission report, to be released on 16 May, will recommend Bulgaria to join in 2008, a year later than Romania.

Bulgaria once led Romania in EU reforms but stumbled after failing to lay corruption charges against high-level officials or convict anyone for a string of contract murders.

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