Former Romanian PM gets second prison term

Former Romanian PM Adrian Nastase (2000-2004) was sentenced on January 6 2014 to a further four years in prison for corruption, less than a year after he was released from prison after serving part of a two-year sentence for the same charges, a severe blow for the ruling coalition, but a step forward for the frail Romanian judiciary system.

Nastase, who used to run the social-democrat party (PSD) with an iron fist, was sentenced to four years in prison for taking a bribe and banned from exerting certain rights for five years. He was also sentenced to three years in prison for blackmail, but the judges of the High Court of Cassation decided on a joint four-year sentence.

His wife, Dana Nastase, was also given a suspended three years sentence for complicity and banned from certain rights for four years. She will be on probation for eight years from now on, judges also decided. The Nastases will also be deprived of about 1.8 million lei (about 400 000 euro) which the court decided to confiscate.

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