By Brianne Burr, Marketing –
“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people” (Napoleon Bonaparte).
Two Romanian women are refusing to let their country slip entirely into the abyss of corruption without a fight. Thanks to the efforts of Laura Kosevi and Livia Stanciu, dozens of corrupt ministers, senators and judges are now serving jail time. And now Kosevi and Stanciu have their sights set on an even bigger target — the prime minister of Romania.
Going After the Big Fish
Prime Minister Victor Vonta stands accused of forgery, tax evasion and money laundering during his early days as a lawyer, along with other unsavory conduct during his time as a prime minister. For his part, Vonta has denied any wrongdoing and stated he will not resign. Kosevi and Stanciu declared they believe the prime minister is guilty, and if history is any indication, this pair will do everything they can to make sure he’s punished.
In 2014, Kosevi received the International Women of Courage Award for her involvement in reforming Romania’s judicial system. That same year, she helped send 1,100 people to trial for corruption charges by investigating 10,200 cases.
Stanciu’s prestige is no less impressive. In 2010, she was chosen to be the head of Romania’s Supreme Court. Since her induction, convictions over corruption charges have increased dramatically, culminating in the two-year sentencing of Adrian Nastase, the ex-prime minister who was originally thought to be untouchable.
Of course, disturbing the established order has earned them a few enemies along the way. The Romanian Senate Chief Popescu-Tariceanu has reportedly asked the president to use all legal and constitutional means available to fire the two women. He cites an isolated incident where a woman was detained for six months after being accused of blackmail by Stanciu and then later acquitted. Stanciu, for her part, says there is no reason for her to resign and that she will keep fighting corrupt institutions for as long as she can.
To help them in their fight, there is a new lie detector on the scene — EyeDetect®. With 85 percent accuracy, EyeDetect technology can screen candidates and employees in as little as 30 minutes; it can also determine whether they have been involved in previous criminal activities like theft, drugs or bribery. By implementing this kind of tool for regular screening of officials in power, this dynamic duo of anti-corruption fighters may have the resources they need to continue winning their battles.