Romania's Anti-Corruption Department said in its latest progress report that 850 people -- including ministers, lawmakers, mayors, judges, and prosecutors -- were convicted of corruption over the past 12 months, the Balkan Insight website reports today (June 2, 2014).
Among those convicted in Romania -- the most corrupt country in all of Europe -- were four ministers or ex-ministers and five members of parliament. Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was convicted for a second time in January.
Eleven mayors, five judges, and three state prosecutors were also convicted, according to the Anti-Corruption Department.
Some 4,200 criminal investigations were registered at the Anti-Corruption Department between May 15, 2013 and May 15, 2014, the report said. Most of the cases involved bribery, trading in influence, tax evasion, and fraud related to European Union funds. The high number of convictions is a sign of an increased determination of the judiciary to tackle graft, experts say.