Scandalul Oprea a ajuns în Marea Britanie: Probe wanted of Romanian minister for overusing motorcades

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Human rights and anti-corruption groups called Wednesday for an investigation into whether Romania’s interior minister abused his position by using too many motorcades, amid anger at the death of a police officer escorting him.

Two groups made a request to the anti-corruption prosecutors’ office after police officer Bogdan Gigina died when his motorbike hit a hole Oct. 20.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea went to the prosecutors’ office Wednesday to give a statement as a witness in the case. He declined to answer reporters’ questions.

A man holds a banner that reads "Oprea - Resignation" during a protest demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Romania’s president has called on the prime minister and interior minister to address public anger over the death of a police motorcyclist who died during a traffic mission after hitting a large hole in the road while escorting Interior Minister Oprea.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds a banner that reads „Oprea – Resignation” during a protest demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Romania’s president has called on the prime minister and interior minister to address public anger over the death of a police motorcyclist who died during a traffic mission after hitting a large hole in the road while escorting Interior Minister Oprea.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A man holds a banner that reads „Oprea – Resignation” during a protest demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Romania¿s president has called on the prime minister and interior minister to address public anger over the death of a police motorcyclist who died during a traffic mission after hitting a large hole in the road while escorting Interior Minister Oprea.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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