Thursday, February 2, 2017

Romanians Protest New Law Easing Corruption; Say It Lets Corrupt Politicians to Escape Justice

Protesters in Bucharest, Romania have condemned a government decision to decriminalize some misconduct offenses, in one of the biggest demonstrations since the 1989 revolution, the Euro News website reports today (February 2, 2017).

Tens of thousands of angry Romanians claim the passing of an emergency decree on January 31 will allow corrupt politicians to escape justice.

The change in the law decriminalizes misconduct in cases where financial damage is less than 44,000 euros.

Critics say the change in the law will reverse the fight of anti-corruption in Romania -- the most corrupt country in Europe -- that has drawn widespread praise internationally.

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