Romanian ruling lawmakers propose looser anti-graft rules

Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) is again trying to loosen anti-corruption laws, just months after a previous attempt resulted in mass protests, Reuters reports. A draft bill released by a group of PSD lawmakers would decriminalize abuse of office offenses in cases involving less than 200,000 euros. Likewise, the bill proposes allowing convicts to serve prison sentences of less than three years at home, lower sentences for bribe taking and other graft crimes, decriminalizing taking a bribe for someone other than the accused and decriminalizing using one’s position to obtain sexual favors. The proposed changes would put an end to the ongoing trial of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, who is charged with abuse of office.


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