Senate OKs criminal prosecution request against ex-minister Bodog

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The plenary sitting of the Senate (Romanian Parliament’s upper chamber) has given the green light for the National Anti-corruption Directorate’s request to criminally prosecuted the former PSD minister of Health, Florian Bodog, currently a PSD senator. On Monday, the Senate’s legal committee had voted against the anti-corruption prosecutors’ request.

The Senate approved the start of criminal prosecution against Florin Bodog by 98 votes to 24 and one abstention out of a total of 123 senators attending the plenary session.

Florian Bodog told the plenary session that he is not asking his colleagues to vote against the DNA’s request, arguing he has nothing to hide and that he trusts the judiciary in Romania.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate has asked the Senate to consent for Florian Bodog’s being prosecuted. DNA prosecutors accuse the former Health minister that, when he held the minister seat, he would have intervened so that a person he had hired as personal advisor should cash in his salary for a period of 12 months without coming to work and without carrying out this paid activity.

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