A Romanian supreme court judge was detained for 24 hours under suspicion of obtaining more than €200,000 ($269,000) in bribes, anti-corruption prosecutors said yesterday. Maria David is alleged to have received the money in 2009, in exchange for interceding in favour of a businessman convicted to three years in jail for tax evasion. However, when the man appealed the case in January, she demanded an additional 110,000 ($148,000), prosecutors said. This is the third corruption case involving supreme court judges, of which there are around 100 in Romania. In 2010, top judge Florin Costiniu was arrested on charges of influence peddling and making false declarations. Costiniu and a social-democrat MP were alleged to have received a total of €289,000 ($389,000) from two businessmen facing trial.
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