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Romanian prosecutors probe 'publishing in prison' law

Romania's anti-corruption prosecutors are investigating whether prisoners who have benefited from a law reducing sentences for inmates who publish books have been illegally helped

Romanian prosecutors probe 'publishing in prison' law

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's anti-corruption prosecutors say they are investigating whether prisoners who have benefited from a law reducing sentences for inmates who publish books had ghost writers.

The anti-corruption prosecutors' office said Tuesday it was investigating whether university professors and others aided prisoners.

A statement cited the case of a 212-page book written by an unidentified prisoner in under seven hours. Prisoners have no access to the Internet or books.

The National Penitentiaries Administration says 188 detainees published 400 books from 2013-2015.

A former prime minister, a TV mogul and a football club owner are among those who have had their sentences reduced, with 30 days knocked off a sentence for each book published.

The reduction is subject to a judge's decision on whether the book merits a reward.


Updated : 2021-10-25 05:56 GMT+08:00