News review of the day – October 21st

A former Romanian president before the Attorney General’s Office

A former Romanian president appeared before officials with the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday. Former President Ion Iliescu was expected to answer questions concerning his alleged involvement into the what was known as the „Mineriad” in June 1990 when miners in the Jiu Valley were called to save the „besieged democratic regime”. The events in 1990 resulted in four deaths and more than 1,000 people wounded. Virgil Măgureanu, the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) at the time, was also expected to answer questions concerning the matter. The case was closed in 2009 for reasons of poor evidence. However, a new investigation was ordered in March 2015.

New allegations against a former presidential hopeful

The Permanent Bureau of the Romanian Parliament’s lower house decided to sent to its Judicial Committee a request put forward by the attorney general concerning the immunity withdrawal against deputy Elena Udrea, a former presidential hopeful and minister. A similar decision was adopted in the case of a request put forward by Romania’s justice minister who called for the preventive arrest of Ms. Udrea. The decision on Wednesday comes one day after the country’s anticorruption watchdog, the DNA, opened a new corruption-related file against Elena Udrea. Prosecutors claim Ms. Udrea allegedly recieved a bribe of $5 ml. for helping a businessman to sign a contract with Hidroelectrica, a Romanian energy provider.

Romania’s anti-corruption watchdog in action again

Prosecutors with Romania’s anticorruption watchdog are raiding private homes and offices of commercial companies in the northern Romanian couties of Iassy and Suceava on Wednesday. The country’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) opened a new corruption-related file for crimes related to events in 2014 – 2015. The case is allegedly involving a judge at the Appeal Court in Iassy. Judge Dan Anton is suspected of influence peddling. A lawyer and a prosecutor are likely to be involved in the same case, according to judicial sources.

A young Romanian, winner of four gold medals at the International Olympiad of Informatics

A young Romanian is the unprecedented four-time gold medalist at the International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI). Rareş Buhai, a Romanian student born in the northern-Transylvanian town of Bistriţa, graduated the Liviu Rebreanu High School in the town. He is currently a student at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology after winning for the fourth time the golden medal at IOI in 2015. The Bistriţa City Council is expected to grant a RON 6,000 scholarship to Rareş Buhai on Wednesday. Mr Buhai is also expected to become a honorary citizen of the town of Bistriţa.

Alexandru Danga