Saturday, March 24, 2007

Romania probes ex-minister

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have launched a fresh criminal investigation against former Transport Minister Miron Mitrea over murky land deals, officials said on Friday. Mitrea, a Social Democrat Party minister between 2000 and 2004, was also charged for taking bribes a year ago. "There are clues that he approved a land transfer from the Baneasa (state-owned) airport to a unnamed person, causing a 7 million euro loss," said Livia Saplacan, a spokeswoman for the anti-corruption department.

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