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Gândul - Romania | Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ponta interfering in fight against corruption

A refinery in the Romanian city of Ploieşti which belongs to Russian oil company Lukoil is under investigation by Romania's National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) for money laundering and tax fraud to the tune of 230 million euros. After the Russian ambassador complained about the investigation, Prime Minister Victor Ponta intervened with the public prosecutors. The online newspaper Gândul criticises this interference: "The investigators are entitled by law to confiscate accounts and company assets. ... So their actions were entirely right. ... Instead of backing them the Romanian prime minister puts them under pressure. And worse still, this pressure has had consequences. The investigators have released some of the confiscated assets. ... Ponta wanted to prove with this move that he has the attorney-generalship [to which the DNA also belongs] under his control, that he's the boss and can stop or start investigations as he pleases and that his influence extends everywhere."

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