(dpa) - Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors Monday asked parliament to let them investigate a former transportation minister who allegedly took a bribe, news reports said.
Miron Mitrea, who held the cabinet post in 2000-2004 and remains a member of parliament, is one of several former and current government officials under scrutiny by anti-graft prosecutors in the European Union member nation.
Mitrea is secretary-general and campaign chief of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) as Romania heads toward local elections in June and parliamentary elections in the autumn.
He had no immediate comment on the prosecutors' action, the Mediafax news agency reported.
If approved by a vote in parliament, the investigation could lead to criminal charges.
Anti-corruption prosecutors last Friday handed in a similar request for Labour Minister Paul Pacuraru.
Based on preliminary evidence, President Traian Basescu in January urged prosecutors to open corruption probes against former prime minister Adrian Nastase, Mitrea, Pacuraru and five other former senior government officials.