Romania might get back local graft outlaws with a UN convention’s help

Romania might get back local graft outlaws with a UN convention’s help

A UN Office for Drugs and Crime convention of 2003 could be Romania’s ace in the hole in graft cases and local fugitives who might have taken only evanescent “refuge” in countries such as Costa Rica and Madagascar.

Bucharest wants to see corrupted figures extradited to Romanian soil, however, these people have asked for political asylum in states which have no extradition agreements with Romania.

Thanks to the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Bucharest found that extradition from Costa Rica, for example, is not impossible. So, the country could actually use the text of the 2003 UN Convention Against Corruption “which most UN member states have recognised, and which Costa Rica has recognised as a basis for extradition in the past” in order to ask for the extradition of certain people who have fled the country.

Balkan Insight reports that “Romanian anti-graft prosecutors have indicted scores of politicians, including former prime-minister, ministers and MPs, in recent years.”

Meanwhile, many of them, have managed to escape Romanian authorities, move to Costa Rica or Madagascar, ask for political asylum there and skip extradition.

Among them, “Elena Udrea, who was tourism minister from 2008 to 2009 and as regional development and tourism minister from 2009 to 2012, and Radu Mazare, former mayor of Constanta”…. / IBNA