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Romanian PM is suspected of money-laundering, accomplice to tax evasion

  • Romanian Prime Minister Vctor Ponta exits the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 5, 2015. Ponta told media that he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion while working as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic party. Romania’s president on Friday urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign over corruption allegations but Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax via AP) ROMANIA OUT

    Romanian Prime Minister Vctor Ponta exits the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 5, 2015. Ponta told media that he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion while working as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic party. Romania’s president on Friday urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign over corruption allegations but Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax via AP) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • File - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file picture Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta listens to questions during a meeting with representatives of the foreign media in Bucharest, Romania. Ponta was invited to the anti corruption prosecutors' office on Friday, June 5, 2015 to be informed that he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion while working as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic party.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    File - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file picture Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta listens to questions during a meeting with representatives of the foreign media in Bucharest, Romania. Ponta was invited to the anti corruption prosecutors' office on Friday, June 5, 2015 to be informed that he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion while working as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic party.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file picture Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta listens to questions during a meeting with representatives of the foreign media in Bucharest, Romania. Ponta was invited to the anti corruption prosecutors' office on Friday, June 5, 2015 to be informed that he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion while working as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic party.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    File - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file picture Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta listens to questions during a meeting with representatives of the foreign media in Bucharest, Romania. Ponta was invited to the anti corruption prosecutors' office on Friday, June 5, 2015 to be informed that he was suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion while working as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic party.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

Romania's prime minister has disclosed that he is suspected of making false statements, money laundering and being an accomplice to tax evasion.

Premier Victor Ponta spent about 30 minutes at the anti-corruption prosecutor's office on Friday, and emerged to tell reporters that he was a suspect. He declined to say whether he would resign.

Prosecutors have asked Parliament to prosecute Ponta. The allegations relate to his work as a lawyer from 2007 to 2008 when he was also a lawmaker for the Social Democratic Party.

Romania has intensified its anti-corruption drive in recent months.