Romania: Ruling party leader faces new corruption probe

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say they have opened a new criminal investigation into the chairman of the ruling party on suspicion that he misused European Union (EU) funds.

The prosecutors’ office said in a statement yesterday that Liviu Dragnea is suspected of setting up an organised crime group and forging documents to illicitly obtain EU funds.

Eight others are being investigated in the same case. Although he leads the party, Dragnea cannot be premier due to a 2016 conviction for vote-rigging.

The latest allegations concern misuse of funds from 2001-2012 when he headed the Teleorman county council in southern Romania.