Romanian PM Ponta indicted on corruption charges

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta faces trial for corruption charges

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Romania's Prime Minister, Victor Ponta

Romanian anti-graft prosecutors have announced that Prime Minister, Victor Ponta has been indicted on charges of forgery, money-laundering and being an accessory to tax evasion.

Ponta investigation is mainly focused on his activities before he became prime minister. Prosecutors are accusing him of colluding with former Transport Minister, Dan Sova who is also currently under investigation.

Ponta has denied the corruption accusations against him.

He said, prosecutors were "manipulating public opinion” by sharing inconclusive information with the public.

National Anticorruption Agency (DNA), in the recent years, have launched a large scale anti-corruption campaign, investigating dozens of former politicians and judges, including the current finance minister and Romania's richest man, according to the Forbes magazine.

However, Ponta's trial is the biggest case in the country and will be the first corruption trial to take place while the head of the government is still in office. Prosecutors also stated on Thursday that, four other people were also indicted in the Ponta case.

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta addressess to media as he leaves the anti-corruption agency

The case has been sent to Romania’s top court by prosecutors.

On Monday, DNA prosecutors announced that some of Ponta's assets have been frozen, pending the outcome of the case.

Despite the pressure on him to resign, Ponta has managed to stayed in power with the support of his allies and his leftist party.

President, Klaus Iohannis told reporters that, Romania’s image is suffering the most from the scandal, after a supreme defence council meeting he stated that, "In my view, the situation is more and more problematic for the prime minister, for the government and for the Social Democrat Party,"

TRTWorld and agencies