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Romania: Basescu’s brother’s arrest prompts resign call

Zone(s): Romania ¦ Sector(s): Politics

[25 June 2014, BBC News]  Romania’s parliament has urged President Traian Basescu to resign over his brother’s alleged links to the boss of a criminal gang. Mircea Basescu was arrested last week and accused of taking a bribe from a man convicted of attempted murder.  A statement adopted by MPs called on the president to step down, saying the scandal had “gravely and irremediably harmed the prestige” of his office. He says he will not resign and denies knowing about his brother’s dealings. Mircea Basescu was charged with taking the 250,000 euros (£200,000) bribe from the family of well-known crime boss Sandu Anghel in return for trying to get his sentence reduced.