Jail time for Romanian MP trading votes for chicken

CARSTEN REHDER

Quiz: chicken loock through the bars of their locked coop, or are they visiting someone in jail?

But, the use of food to gain votes indicates an all together different challenge


A Bucharest court upheld a two year sentence for a Romanian MP on corruption charges; the court of appeal sustained that offering his voters fried chicken was indeed bribery.

Exchanging food for votes in rural areas in not unheard of in Romania; it is usually flour and oil. Florian Popescu went the extra mile.

During the 2012 Romanian legislative elections, candidate Florin Popescu distributed no less than 60 tons of fried chicken worth €108,000.

Since the first trial in 2014, Popescu h...


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