Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors are adding manpower and targeting the fortunes of those they deem guilty of corruption to clamp down on crime and deter future violations, Laura Codruta Kovesi, the chief anti-corruption prosecutor, said.
In 2015, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate surpassed 2014’s record of cases, by sending a sitting prime minister, five ministers and more than 20 lawmakers to trial, Kovesi said in an interview on Tuesday in Bucharest. They also seized an unprecedented amount of assets valued at more than 440 million euros ($480 million). Still, she is not satisfied with the below-10 percent rate of recovery of past damages to the state.
“When you have 300-400 million euros that need to be recovered by the state and nothing is being done about it, we should be more worried about it than the number of officials who are actually in prison,” Kovesi said.
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