FILE PHOTO: Elena Udrea, President of the Popular Movement Party (PMP), addresses her supporters during a rally to launch her candidacy for Romania’s upcoming presidential elections in Victoria Square in Bucharest on September 28, 2014. Romania will hold its presidential elections on November 2. . REUTERS / Bogdan Cristel / File Photo
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – A Romanian court on Tuesday sentenced a former government minister and the daughter of former President Traian Basescu to prison for money laundering and inciting others to take bribes in a case of financing the presidential campaign of 2009.
The Bucharest court sentenced Ioana Basescu, notary, to five years in prison. Elena Udrea, former center-right minister, legislator and close political ally of former President Basescu was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Verdicts are not final and may be appealed. Basescu and Udrea have denied any wrongdoing.
Over the past five years, the state of the European Union has seen its biggest street protests in decades for entrenched corruption, while attempts by a previous left-wing government to decriminalize some corruption offenses have sparked criticism. concerns in Brussels and Washington.
Investigations by anti-corruption prosecutors revealed conflicts of interest, abuse of power, fraud and the awarding of state contracts in exchange for bribes between political parties.
Transparency International ranks Romania as one of the most corrupt member states of the EU and Brussels has maintained its judicial system under special conditions …
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