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June 21, 2021

Ex PM Nastase heard by court in corruption case

Former PM, current head of the Social-Democrat Party’s National Council, Adrian Nastase was heard by a High Court panel on Friday in the ‘Quality trophy’ case in which he is facing charges of corruption. According to anticorruption prosecutors’ indictment in the case, Nastase used his position as leader of the Social-Democrat Party at the time to organize an event in order to raise money for his 2004 presidential campaign. In front of the court, Nastase said he was not guilty of any of the charges against him and that he did not use his authority to obtain undeserved benefits for himself or his party, according to Agerpres. He also insisted that neither he nor his wife ever handled campaign financing issues, underlining that his presidential campaign involved hundreds, ‘even thousands’ of people. He also said the campaign was funded by money from donations and party membership fees.

Hearings in the case will continue on February 8, when another defendant in the case, Bogdan Popovici, will be interviewed by the court.

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