Former Romanian PM asks deferment of 2-year sentence after suicide attempt.

By bne IntelliNews June 22, 2012
The lawyers of former Romanian PM Adrian Nastase, sentenced to two years in jail over a corruption affair, have filed for a deferral after on Wednesday night Nastase committed a suicide attempt, Agerpres reported. The two-year sentence could be reduced to one third [eight months] given Nastases age, according to the criminal code. But this would not apply if Nastase is sentenced to more than two years in one of the other two corruption cases against him, which are underway at the court. In special cases, the sentence can be deferred by up to 3 months. Nastase suffered a light surgery after the failed suicide attempt and medical sources quoted by Realitatea TV estimate that the recovery period will take up to 14 days. The court will judge on the demand on July 5, Agerpres said. According to legal sources quoted by the TV station, Nastases sentence could be counted as of Wednesday since he is under arrest in hospital. Intellinews Comment : While expressing some sort of compassion, civic groups, traditionally closer to the right-wing politicians given the countrys communist past, underlined the positive message sent by the courts decision to sentence the former PM. During the 2000-2004 leftist cabinet of PM Nastase, the freedom of speech has been massively manipulated by a combination of financial and legal instruments. Nastase cabinet was praised at that time for closing the EU accession negotiations, but it is only afterwards that it became visible that the accession treatys terms were debatably detrimental for the country in some sectors. A lawyer by career, specialised in international law even during the communist regime, Nastase built a strong political career after the fall of the communism.

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