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Romania foreign ministry staffers investigated in bribe case

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP):

Anti-corruption prosecutors in Romania say a manager of a cultural centre in Rome and his wife who works at the Romanian Embassy in Rome are being probed on suspicion of taking bribes.

The anti-corruption prosecutors' office said yesterday that Nelu Bitica, a manager at the Accademia di Romania in Rome which is under the authority of the foreign ministry, and his wife Gabriela Bitica, who works at Romania's embassy in Rome, are suspected of taking €13,300 ($14,900) from a private company that was hired to do repair work for the centre in 2013. They are under judicial control for 60 days, meaning they have to report to police.

Prosecutors said they received money in instalments in Rome and Bucharest from November 2012 to March 2013 through a third party.