Happy New Year.
Here’s some reading for you: The loophole undermining Romania’s anti-corruption drive
The work of Kit Gillet, the article looks at the disgraceful way in which Romania’s most corrupt politicians and businessmen are getting huge reductions in their prison sentences by writing books while in pokey. (When we say writing of course, we mean ghost writing: the books are being produced to order elsewhere, for a not inconsiderable fee we would guess). Gigi Becali, Adrian Nastase and Gheorghe Popescu are just three of the shysters who are free today because they lent their names to these so-called works of scientific import.
Anyway, the local news website HotNews (one of very few which is anything like reliable) today published a full list of all the books published by Romania’s convicts over the past three years. Some of the titles are hilarious, as is the very idea that some of these people – who have trouble even speaking in coherent sentences – can actually write.
Closing this loophole is now a matter of real urgency for the government, else the likes of Dan Voiculescu will soon be free, long before their sentences should end.