BUCHAREST - Dozens of people definitively convicted in Romania live today in Italy.

Most of them are politicians, state managers and entrepreneurs. Almost all of them were convicted of corruption. In Romania they would be in prison, while in Italy they often live as free people. How can this phenomenon can be explained?

By interviewing lawyers, Romanian officials and reading court documents related to many of these cases, the investigation finds out that most the Romanian convicts are not extradite by Italy for a number of juridical reasons, the main one of which is that Romanian prisons do not respect the conditions established by the European Convention on Human Rights.

Photo Credit: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea

Team members

Cătălin Prisacariu

Cătălin Prisacariu is an investigative journalist based in Bucharest, Romania.

cătălin prisacariu

Stanimir Vaglenov

Stanimir Vaglenov is the online projects manager at Media Group Bulgaria.

Stanimir Vaglenov

Stefano Vergine

Stefano Vergine is an Italian investigative journalist

€8.000,00 allocated on 06/07/2023



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