Tuesday, August 12, 2008

AP: Romania gets new top anti-corruption prosecutor

BUCHAREST, Romania: Romania's justice minister has named a prosecutor who specializes in criminal cases as the country's new top anti-corruption prosecutor.

Catalin Predoiu says he hopes Monica Stefanescu will continue efforts to fight corruption. Stefanescu has worked as a criminal prosecutor since 1990. She is 47 and is a prosecutor at Romania's Supreme Court of Justice.

Predoiu said Monday that he hoped the European Union would note progress in the fight against corruption in its next report, and that in 2009 Romania would no longer be monitored by the bloc.

Stefanescu replaces Daniel Morar, whose three-year mandate expires this month.

In a July report, the EU warned Romania to speed up reforms and do more to fight corruption.

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