Romania: Ex-prime minister jailed for 2nd time

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Posted: Jan 06, 2014 12:57 PM
Romania: Ex-prime minister jailed for 2nd time

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former prime minister who shocked Romanians when he shot himself in the neck as police came to bring him to prison was sentenced to jail for corruption for the second time on Monday.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice found on Monday that Adrian Nastase illegally received 630,000 euros worth of imported goods between 2002 and 2004 and had work done on his house in Bucharest and a property outside the capital while he was in office.

The sentence comes less than a year after Nastase, the most senior politician to be jailed in Romania since communism collapsed in 1989, was let out after serving a third of a previous corruption sentence. He had hoped to make a political comeback in Romania's 2014 political elections, claiming the cases against him have been flawed and politically motivated.

His wife Dana was given a 3 year suspended sentence for being an accomplice in the latest case. The court also ordered that 410,000 euros ($545,000) be confiscated from the couple. The ruling is final.

Nastase, 63, was sentenced to two years in prison in June 2012 for illegally raising money for a failed presidential campaign in 2004. He was prime minister from 2000 to 2004 but lost the presidential race to President Traian Basescu.

He shot himself in the neck in an apparent suicide bid upon hearing his sentence in 2012, but sustained only minor injuries. He walked free in March after judges voted to allow his immediate release after his attorney argued he was over 60, had written books and had taught fellow prisoners in jail.

The court found in the latest case that Nastase received the bribes from Irina Jianu in exchange for keeping her job as chief inspector at a state construction company. She was sentenced to 4 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine.