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Romania charges high-profile prosecutor tipped for EU job

March 7, 2019

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors have indicted a prosecutor who is widely perceived to be the front-runner for a new European Union office fighting fraud.

Laura Codruta Kovesi, ex-anti-corruption chief prosecutor, said she had been charged for heading a criminal group within the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, which she headed until the government ousted her last year citing mismanagement

She denies Thursday’s charges.

Kovesi drew the ire of the government after she successfully prosecuted hundreds of top officials. Romania’s government strongly opposes her bid to head the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Last month, Kovesi won backing from two EU committees to head the office that is due to become operational at the end of 2020.

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