Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Prosecutors seek Romanian senator's arrest

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Prosecutors are requesting an arrest warrant be issued for a Romanian senator on suspicion of taking bribes from businessmen to influence court cases.

The anti-corruption prosecutors' office asked Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu on Tuesday to request that parliament allow for the arrest of lawmaker Catalin Voicu of the opposition Social Democratic Party.

Prosecutors say Voicu received bribes worth about 260,000 euros ($355,000) from July to September from an unidentified businessman allegedly to pay judges for a favorable outcome in a court case. Prosecutors also say Voicu received a bribe in August from another businessman allegedly to bribe justice officials. Voicu denies the allegations.

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