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Romania's ex-president meets prosecutors in criminal probe for alleged threats and blackmail

Romania's former president was booed and jeered as he went to face prosecutors who have put him under criminal investigation for allegedly making threatening remarks to a senator.

As he entered the prosecutor's office Tuesday, former President Traian Basescu smiled and said it was "normal" he was being investigated. He potentially faces charges of threatening and blackmailing Senator Gabriela Vranceanu-Firea, a political rival.

Some 20 protesters gathered outside yelling: "Basescu, to prison!" He was president from 2004 to 2014.

Last year, while Basescu was still president, Vranceanu-Firea accused Basescu's elder daughter of fraud related to a property restitution case.

Basescu then publicly warned Vranceanu-Firea to "be careful," saying one day she might not find her husband at home. The investigation against him began on March 11.