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Romania MPs reject lifting premier's immunity for graft probe

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta during an interview with journalists at the Romanian Government headquarters in Bucharest on June 9, 2015Romania’s parliament refused Tuesday to lift Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s immunity to allow anti-corruption prosecutors to probe him for suspected graft. The lawmakers rejected the request from the DNA anti-corruption agency by 231 votes to 120 in favour, meaning the prosecutors will not be able to continue investigating the premier for conflict of interest. The investigators have said they will however press ahead with a probe into money laundering and tax evasion allegations against Ponta, dating to 2007-2011, before he became prime minister in 2012.

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