Author: SAIM SAEED
A Romanian senate committee withdrew an amendment to a bill that would have made influence-peddling and bribe-taking pardonable offenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.
About 1,000 Romanians on Wednesday protested against the amendment, which the government claimed was designed to reduce the number of people in prisons. Opponents said the measure was designed to allow corrupt officials avoid legal accountability.
The latest protest comes months after Romania experienced its greatest political convulsions since the fall of communism in 1989.
Those protests, which drew up to half a million people, were in response to an emergency decree that decriminalized some forms of corruption. In the wake of the wave of opposition, multiple cabinet ministers resigned. The government survived a no-confidence motion and eventually scrapped the decree.