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Parliamentary panel votes against corruption probe of PM

Romanian parliament panel votes not to allow probe of PM, suspected of money laundering

Parliamentary panel votes against corruption probe of PM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Roman's prime minister is boasting that he enjoys broad popular support as he faces a vote which could lift his immunity protection from a corruption probe.

Victor Ponta on Monday warned his opponents not to stage street protests. He said: "I understand they will bring 1,000 people. We can bring 10,000. If they bring 10,000, we can bring 100,000."

Last week, anti-corruption prosecutors said Ponta was suspected of corruption charges including being an accomplice to tax evasion from 2007 to 2008 while serving in Parliament, a conflict of interest and money laundering. Ponta said he would not resign.

Parliament is to vote Tuesday on whether to lift Ponta's immunity.

The prime minister got a boost on Monday as a parliamentary panel voted against allowing him to face a criminal investigation.

Updated : 2021-09-23 17:21 GMT+08:00