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Romanian President Approves Launching Criminal Investigation Against Former PM Over Graft Allegations

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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis recently approved prosecutors’ request to launch a formal criminal investigation into graft allegations that have been leveled against Calin Popescu Tariceanu, a former prime minister and senate speaker. Tariceanu is alleged by anti-corruption prosecutors to have accepted bribes from an Austrian company in 2007 and 2008. However, he has denied any wrongdoing and claims to be the victim of a political witch-hunt by Iohannis.The decision to allow the prosecutors to begin a criminal investigation into the allegations against the former prime minister was made against the backdrop of pervasive corruption that has afflicted the Romanian political arena …

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