The former premier and PSD president Adrian Nastase was definitively sentenced to four years of prison without parole for blackmail and bribe taking and his wife Dana to 3 years, suspended, in the Zambaccian case. The five-judge panel of the Supreme Court condemned Adrian Nastase to four years for bribe taking in continued form and 3 years for blackmail. The court merged the sentences and Adrian Nastase will do the longest one, of four years. The court also prohibited Nastase from exerting some civil rights after he will be released from prison: the right to elect and be elected in offices of public authority or in elective public functions; the right to hold an office involving the exercise of state authority; the right to hold a position or conduct an activity similar to that which was used for committing the crime. In a first trial, Nastase was sentenced to 3 years, suspended in this file and was acquitted for bribe taking.
Dana Nastase was condemned to 3 years in prison for “improper participation in using forged documents at the customs authority,” but the court suspended her sentence for a probation period of 8 years. The court also ordered the confiscation of RON 1.8 M from the wealth of the Nastase family.
Adrian Nastase is accused in this case that, during 2002 – 2004, in his position as premier, received directly and through the intermediary of his wife Dana Nastase undeserved benefits worth approximately EUR 630,000 at the exchange rate of 2002/2004. These undeserved benefits consist in the price of goods imported from China and the expenses related to these imports, along with the cost of works made to the buildings owned by Nastase in Cornu and Bucharest.
At the last term, the prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) demanded the 5-judge panel of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) sentences without parole for the Nastase spouses.
The defense team of Adrian Nastase, comprising 4 lawyers, accused the existence of many flaws in the Zambaccian file, such as evidence and documents without legal relevance, contradictory testimonies and accusations that do not exist in their materiality.
Adrian Nastase said at the conclusion of the trial that only a death sentence by hanging would possibly surprise him, as many things remained unsolved in this case and a new trial would be a normal solution. This is not the first prison sentence for the former PSD premier. On 20 June 2012, Adrian Nastase was definitively sentenced by ICCJ to 2 years without parole in the ‘Quality Trophy’ file, about the raising of funds for the electoral campaign of 2004, when he ran for president on behalf of PSD. Nastase was imprisoned on 26 June 2012 and released on 18 March 2013, after the Bucharest Tribunal admitted his request to be released on parole.
Premier Victor Ponta said yesterday morning, before learning the sentence, that it is a big injustice for Adrian Nastase to be hounded for life by “the system of Traian Basescu,” given the “good and important” things which the former premier did for the country. The leaders of PSD that gathered for the first meeting of the BPN in 2014 sent support messages to Adrian Nastase, saying that they are with him and pray God to help him.