Romanian deputy PM indicted for electoral fraud in 2012 referendum

Romanian deputy prime minister Liviu Dragnea, suggestively nicknamed a “local baron” by the Romanian media and one of the most influential leaders of the ruling social-democratic party (PSD), was indicted on October 7 2013 for electoral fraud committed during last year’s referendum on the impeachment of president Traian Basescu, a decision which opens a new political front in Romania.

Dragnea’s indictment by the National Anti-Corruption Department comes days after the prosecutor who handled his case was removed by the country’s prosecutor-general, a move which sparked concerns home and abroad about Romania’s frail justice system and the political influence on it in a moment when Brussels scrutinises every move in this area.

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