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Romanian Anti-Corruption Saga Now Heads To EU

Romanian Anti-Corruption Saga Now Heads To EU.
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“Corruption Kills” 

The former head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency, Laura Koevesi, is a controversial figure. The Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader says he will do everything in his power to keep her from becoming the European Union’s public prosecutor.

Laura Koevesi was named on February 4 as the preferred candidate for the job, followed by Jean-Francois Bohnert of France and Germany’s Andres Ritter on a short list of three, reported RFERL. But Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said that the European Union was “unaware of the abuses carried out” by Koevesi when she was leading Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA). 

“I will be writing to all of the European ministers of justice to inform them as to why she was removed from office,” Toader, who is head of the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) during Romania’s current six-month presidency of the bloc, told Romanian media, wrote RFERL.

Koevesi was removed from office by Toader upon the socialist party’s return to power in a move many see as an attempt to stop her prosecution of corrupt socialist officials, and the rehabilitation of Liviu Dragnea, the party head of the Social Democrats.

We have written about possible abuses by Koevesi in certain cases; however, it is also probable that the socialist party wanted her gone as she was deemed too effective in her job. In any event, Toader says he will write to the EU and tell all he knows about Koevesi’s sins.

Tsarism will of course will keep you up to date on developments with this story.

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