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Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation against the capital Bucharest’s mayor on suspicion of taking bribes, they said on Sunday, the latest in a string of high-profile cases in the European Union state.
Romania is one of the EU’s most corrupt states and subsequently one of its least developed, but a crackdown on high-level corruption has earned prosecutors praise from Brussels and from foreign investors.
Prosecutors said that Sorin Oprescu was part of a group of civil servants working in Bucharest public administration who granted public works contracts to companies in exchange for receiving some of the earnings back as bribes.
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