Gorj Deputy Cosmin Popescu resigned from the ruling Democrat Liberal Party, saying that his gesture came after the High Court sentenced him to two years in prison with suspension for aiding and abettingan offender, according toRealitatea.net. Popescu filed his resignationon Tuesday. He had already suspended his party membership before standing trial. “I am seriously considering not returning to politics. I will stay on as an independent MP until the end of myterm, because this is my job. I will not hold any other political positions in the future,” Popescu said. The move was confirmed by PDL Gorj leader Ion Ruset. “I must say I regret his departure. He was only a collateral victim in a system he didnot create, it’s a shame,” Ruset said. Popescu was sentenced for favouring the former head of the Tuceni Energy Complex, Ionel Mantog,who is under investigation in another corruption file.