Romanian prosecutors open new investigation into ruling party leader

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 13, 2017 5:32 AM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors said on Monday they had opened a criminal investigation into ruling Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea on suspicion of abuse of office, forming an organized crime group and forgery to illegally obtain European Union funds.

Dragnea, who also serves as parliament's lower house speaker, already has a conviction in a vote rigging case and is currently on trial in a separate abuse of office case.

The current probe refers to Dragnea's former term as president of the Teleorman county council.

(Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Radu Marinas)