DNA, example of good practices in EU Anti-Corruption report

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AGERPRES correspondent Florin Stefan reports: The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) in Romania features in the chapter ?good practices concerning anti-corruption agencies', alongside similar bodies from Slovenia, Latvia, Croatia and Spain, included in the first EU Anti-Corruption Report released by the European Commission.

A specialized prosecution office tasked to investigate high and medium-level corruption cases, DNA has established an impressive track record of non-partisan investigations that revealed corrupt practices involving high-level politicians, members of the judiciary and people from a wide range of sectors: tax administrations, customs, energy, transport, construction, healthcare, the report says referring to DNA.

Over the last seven years, the DNA indicted over 4,700 defendants, with the confirmation rate of DNA indictments through final court decisions reaching 90.25 percent. In this period, nearly 1,500 defendants were convicted in final court decisions, of which almost half held high-level positions, the report reads.

According to the report's annex devoted to Romania, the defendants who got final prison sentences were: one former prime minister, one minister, 8 MPs, one state secretary, 26 mayors, deputy mayors and prefects, 50 directors of national companies and public institutions, 60 officials from control authorities.

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 15, 2013, the track record was maintained, with indictments against 823 defendants and 179 final court decisions issued against 857 defendants. Over the last two years, the number of cases closed with a judgment has risen sharply, the report also says as regards DNA's activity.

The EU Anti-Corruption Report notes the fact that key to the DNA's success has been the fact that its structure incorporates not only prosecutors, but also judicial police and specialists in economics, finances, banking, customs and IT.AGERPRES

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