Romania to confiscate $1.4M from ex-minister
Associated Press
2011-07-14 10:10 PM
Romania's top court says the government can confiscate nearly (EURO)1 million ($1.4 million) from a former minister and his wife.

The Supreme Court court ruled Thursday that Dan Ioan Popescu and his wife Elena had 4 million lei ((EURO)950,000) worth of expenses that they could not justify. The ruling can be appealed.

The ruling came after a civic group filed a complaint in 2005 claiming that Popescu, who was Romania's economy minister from 2000 to 2004, could not have amassed his properties and other assets on his declared income. Popescu has denied wrongdoing.

In 2006, prosecutors seized 23 properties owned by Popescu and his wife because he was unable to justify how they were acquired.

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