Romania govt picks little-known Florea for chief anti-corruption role

By Radu-Sorin Marinas BUCHAREST, Sept 6 : Romania’s justice minister nominated a little-known regional official, Adina Florea, for the post of national anti-corruption prosecutor on Thursday, following the controversial removal of Laura Codruta Kovesi from the post in July. Critics say the removal of Kovesi, praised by the European Union for her efforts to convict […]

Romania’s president removes chief anti-corruption prosecutor

By Radu-Sorin Marinas BUCHAREST, July 9 : Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis sacked chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi on Monday to honour a constitutional court ruling which Kovesi said may leave prosecutors exposed to political interference. Kovesi has led the DNA anti-corruption agency since 2013 and, under her management, conviction rates have risen sharply in […]

Romania and Lithuania knowingly hosted secret CIA jails, European court rules

By Andrius Sytas VILNIUS, May 31 : Lithuania and Romania hosted secret CIA prisons a decade ago and their authorities were aware that detainees were held there illegally, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday. Washington’s so-called rendition programme is still shrouded in secrecy, around a decade after it ended. Washington has […]

Thousands continue protests against government in Romania

By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST, Feb 12 : Thousands of Romanians protested in Bucharest and other cities today against the Social Democrat government that tried to weaken a crackdown on corruption earlier this month. The one-month-old cabinet of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu enraged voters when it quietly approved late on January 31 an emergency decree that […]