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September 25, 2021

Union leader Marius Petcu, accused of taking bribes

The president of CNSLR Fratia trade unions federation, Marius Petcu, was questioned by the DNA yesterday, after he was caught in the act of taking a bribe worth EUR 40,000. According to sources quoted by Realitatea TV, the money represents the first installment of a total EUR 200,000. Following the hearings, anti-corruption prosecutors will decide whether they will detain the union leader. The head of CNSLR Fratia is one of the wealthiest trade union leaders. Marius Petcu and his wife have hundreds of thousands of euros in their bank accounts, three houses, three cars, jewels, paintings, shares in five companies, and other sources of income.

On the other hand, on Feb. 16, National Integrity Agency has begun checking union leaders who amassed undue wealth. A number of 15 trade union leaders – Vasile Marica, Bogdan Hossu, Dumitru Costin, Ion Albu, Marius Nistor, Gheorghe Isvoranu, Liviu Luca, Anton Hadar, Marius Petcu, Vasile Lincu, Marian Gruiasi and Ion Popescu – have been investigated. The verifications were launched following public statements made by former customs official Marius Ungureanu over Vasile Marica, leader of the “Sed Lex” Alliance, allegedly receiving bribes aimed at promoting and maintaining some customs employees on the job.

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