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August 17, 2022

Court postpones to December 15 the decision in the ‘Aunt Tamara’ case

After approximately seven years of disputes and delays, the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) yesterday postponed until December 15 the final verdict in the ‘Aunt Tamara’ case against former premier Adrian Nastase (PSD), his counselor Ristea Priboi and the former chief of the National Office for the Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering (ONPCSB), Ioan Melinescu. The verdict due on December 15 will be the first in the three cases sent in court by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) involving the former PM. This first case has Nastase charged with bribe giving, Ioan Melinescu with stealing and destroying documents, bribe taking and disclosing information, and Ristea Priboi for complicity to bribe giving and taking. “As things have inflated through the years, we will reach the point of believing that this case is a very serious one. (…) If you carefully analyse it, you will notice that it has no criminal aspect. (…) I do not think I deserved being harassed for 7 years,” Nastase said yesterday, quoted by HotNews. The former premier added that he wants a full acquittal, instead of the crime being prescribed. “A careful analysis of the case will show you that the accusations do not hold. I am convinced that the legend which grew around this case will fade away,” the Social-Democrat politician said, voicing his optimism about the verdict due for December 15.

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