Romanian ‘slave drivers’ are cleared

Five members of a Romanian family accused of forcing labourers to live in squalor while working as slaves have been cleared on the judge’s direction. Viorel Lupu, 49, and his wife Victorita, 51, were cleared of conspiracy to force compulsory labour and conspiracy to transport of others with a view to exploitation. Toader Lupu, 45, Violeta Lupu, 44, and their son Ionut Lupu, 25, were also acquitted of the same charges. The five, along with another relative, Alexandru, 43, were…

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