Sunday, January 21, 2018

Romania's Corruption Laws

Tens of thousands of Romanians marched through heavy snow in Bucharest in protest against proposed laws that critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption.  New legislation means video and audio recordings could no longer be used as evidence in prosecutions. 50,000 people marched towards parliament, blowing whistles, waving flags and chanting, “thieves”. 

The 'left-wing' government pushed through a judicial overhaul through parliament in December, despite criticism from the European Commission, the US state department, thousands of magistrates and the centrist president, Klaus Iohannis. The bills would weaken judicial independence and they have been challenged in the constitutional court, where they await a ruling.

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