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Prosecutors say Romanian prime minister indicted on corruption charges, will stand trial

FILE - In this Monday, July 13, 2015 file photo, Romanian Premier Victor Ponta is surrounded by media as he exits the national anti-corruption prosecutors office where he was questioned in Bucharest, Romania. Romanian prosecutors on Thursday Sept. 17, 2015 formally indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on corruption charges, including tax evasion and money-laundering, and said he will be tried by the country’s top court. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

FILE - In this Monday, July 13, 2015 file photo, Romanian Premier Victor Ponta is surrounded by media as he exits the national anti-corruption prosecutors office where he was questioned in Bucharest, Romania. Romanian prosecutors on Thursday Sept. 17, 2015 formally indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on corruption charges, including tax evasion and money-laundering, and said he will be tried by the country‚Äôs top court. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors say Romania's prime minister has been formally indicted on corruption charges and will stand trial.

The spokeswoman for the anti-corruption prosecutors' office said Prime Minister Victor Ponta was formally indicted Thursday. The case will now be handled by the country's top court.

Ponta will not be arrested, spokeswoman Livia Sapalcan told The Associated Press.

Prosecutors first indicted Ponta in July 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.

He is the first sitting Romania prime minister to be indicted and have his assets seized.

Four other people are also indicted and will stand trial in the same case.