Newspaper boss, aide to ex-PM detained for alleged fraud

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have detained an aide to a former prime minister and a newspaper director on charges of taking part in a massive real-estate fraud involving a Romanian prince.

Prosecutors detained businessman Remus Truica, the former head of Cabinet of ex-Premier Adrian Nastase, Thursday on charges of setting up a criminal group in 2006 that fraudulently acquired 170,000 square meters (1.8 million square feet) of state-owned land for Prince Paul, causing damages of 136 million euros ($150 million).

Prosecutors said Paul then sold part of the land to Truica. Truica denies wrongdoing.

Prosecutors detained Dan Andronic, managing director of daily Evenimentul Zilei, on charges of belonging to the group. Three other people were also detained.

Paul, 67, who is to be questioned, denies wrongdoing.

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