Romanian President Klaus Iohannis approved on Wednesday a request from anti-corruption prosecutors to allow a criminal investigation against former prime minister and Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu for suspected bribe-taking.
Tariceanu, 68, has denied all wrongdoing.
Prosecutors have said Tariceanu received political consultancy services worth $800,000 during 2007-2008 paid by an Austrian company in exchange for government bills in its favour.
Under Romanian law, the president must approve investigations against former cabinet ministers.
Tariceanu has said reopening the case is a way for Iohannis to take revenge and “completely eliminate his only opposition from the Romanian political scene”.
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