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Romania's prime minister questioned on corruption charges by prosecutors; he denies wrongdoing

  • Romanian Premier Victor Ponta walks up the stairs of the national anti-corruption prosecutors office to be questioned, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 13, 2015.  Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Romanian Premier Victor Ponta walks up the stairs of the national anti-corruption prosecutors office to be questioned, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 13, 2015. Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Romanian Premier Victor Ponta leaves  the national anti-corruption prosecutors office after being questioned, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 13, 2015.  Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Romanian Premier Victor Ponta leaves the national anti-corruption prosecutors office after being questioned, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 13, 2015. Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Romanian Premier Victor Ponta walks up the stairs of the national anti-corruption prosecutors office where he arrived for questioning in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 13, 2015.  Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing.  (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Romanian Premier Victor Ponta walks up the stairs of the national anti-corruption prosecutors office where he arrived for questioning in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 13, 2015. Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors have questioned Romania's prime minister on suspicion of wide-ranging corruption charges connected to work he did as a lawyer eight years ago.

Premier Victor Ponta, who is recovering from a knee operation, arrived at the prosecutors' office Monday, and walked up the steps on crutches into the building where he was questioned.

He resigned as chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party on Sunday, saying he wanted to prove his innocence.

On June 5, prosecutors said the 42-year-old Ponta was suspected of tax evasion, money laundering and making false statements for work he did when he was a lawmaker.

Ponta went to Istanbul for his knee operation on June 15 and stayed for more than three weeks. He resumed his duties as prime minister on July 9.