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Romania’s Ruling Party Leader Faces New Corruption Investigation

  • Dragnea suspected of misusing EU funds as regional official
  • Allegations come as Social Democrats seek to revamp judiciary
Liviu Dragnea.

Liviu Dragnea.

Photographer: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images

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The powerful leader of Romania’s Social Democrats is facing a new anti-corruption probe that could disrupt the ruling party as it pushes ahead with a controversial overhaul of the judiciary.

Liviu Dragnea, who already has a two-year suspended prison sentence for trying to rig a referendum and is under investigation in a separate case, is suspected of forming an organized crime group, giving false statements and abusing his official post, anti-graft prosecutors said Monday. The case concerns misuse of European Union funds during Dragnea’s 2000-2012 stint as head of the southern Teleorman county.