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Romania: Thousands rally in Bucharest after gov. approves changes to criminal law01:03

Romania: Thousands rally in Bucharest after gov. approves changes to criminal law

Romania, Bucharest
February 1, 2017 at 01:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

Some 4,500 people gathered outside the Romanian Government's building in Victoriei Square, Bucharest, on Tuesday night, to protest against changes to the criminal law that will see the decriminalisation of official misconduct.

The cabinet led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu met earlier on Tuesday to approve the changes after the introduction of an emergency ordinance. Justice Minister Florin Iordache stated that the measures will decriminalise cases of official misconduct where the financial damage is valued at less than $47,800 (€44,290).

Protesters believe that the changes will curb anti-corruption measures. Romania has had 1,170 cases of abuse in office over the last three years, amounting to close to a billion euros worth of damage, according to anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Romania: Thousands rally in Bucharest after gov. approves changes to criminal law01:03
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Some 4,500 people gathered outside the Romanian Government's building in Victoriei Square, Bucharest, on Tuesday night, to protest against changes to the criminal law that will see the decriminalisation of official misconduct.

The cabinet led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu met earlier on Tuesday to approve the changes after the introduction of an emergency ordinance. Justice Minister Florin Iordache stated that the measures will decriminalise cases of official misconduct where the financial damage is valued at less than $47,800 (€44,290).

Protesters believe that the changes will curb anti-corruption measures. Romania has had 1,170 cases of abuse in office over the last three years, amounting to close to a billion euros worth of damage, according to anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

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