Romania chief anti-graft chief: 1,250 VIP cases prosecuted

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Romania's anti-corruption chief prosecutor says the agency has prosecuted 1,250 high-level cases in the past year, including a former prime minister and five former ministers.

Laura Codruta Kovesi urged officials to show courage Thursday, presenting the annual report of the agency which has conducted a fierce ant-graft campaign in recent years, successfully prosecuting members of Romania's wealthy political class. She says courts have ordered 200 million euros ($220 million) should be returned to the state.

President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, top magistrates, a U.S. diplomat and the intelligence agency chief stood for the national anthem as the session began in the grandiose Military Circle.

Former Prime Minister Victor Ponta is currently on trial for corruption-related charges connected to the work he did as a lawyer from 2007-2008.