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September 29, 2020
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Nastase does not obtain reduction of sentence in ‘Quality Trophy’ case

The Bucharest Tribunal declined the request made by ex-PM Adrian Nastase to have the days – June 20 to 26 – spent in the Floreasca Hospital following his attempted suicide deducted from his two-year prison sentence handed down in the ‘Quality Trophy’ case. The court sustained the arguments of the Office of the Prosecutor General, according to which the period of hospitalisation does not count towards served sentence if the convicted person causes himself harms for which he needs hospital care. The prosecutor on duty pointed out Nastase’s request was inadmissible as it had no concrete legal ground. The prosecutor explained that, under the law, something like that may be requested when there is a procedural incident or an event of other nature, but only during the service of the sentence. He noted that, when he had attempted to kill himself, Nastase was not effectively serving his custodial sentence. On the other hand, the ex-PM’s lawyer brought the argument that, when the attempted suicide had occurred, his client had in his possession, or in the possession of members of his family, at least a copy of the sentence execution warrant issued by the court, which means, according to him, that the convicted person was already serving his sentence. Nastase, on the other hand, claims his request to have the hospitalisation days deducted from the length of the sentence was more ‘a matter of principle’. The Bucharest Tribunal decision is not final, and may be appealed against in the Bucharest Court of Appeal, where the matter will be definitively settled.

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