Romania: senior banker detained in corruption probe

Anti-corruption prosecutors have detained the deputy governor of Romania's central bank on suspicion that he engaged in influence-peddling, illicitly receiving 1 million euros ($1.1 million) when he was parliament speaker.

Prosecutors said Friday Bogdan Olteanu had been detained amid an investigation into allegations he asked for and received the money from a businessman from July-November 2008 in return for persuading the government to appoint a certain governor for the Danube Delta.

A court will rule later whether to arrest him. The central bank said Olteanu's duties would be taken over by other officials. There was no immediate reaction from Olteanu.

Olteanu was appointed deputy governor of the National Bank of Romania in 2009. He was speaker of the Chamber of Deputies from 2006 to 2008.