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Adrian Nastase’s “Quality Trophy” sentence remains final

Adrian Nastase on Monday withdrew the appeal for annulment filed in connection to the “Quality Trophy” case”, with his lawyers submitting to the High Court the appeal withdraw application made by the former premier.Nastase’s lawyer, Ion Cazacu, on Monday announced the panel of five judges at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) that Adrian Nastase was withdrawing the appeal for annulment over the “Quality trophy” case. The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutor who attended the trial session asked the five judges to take note of the request made by the former premier, currently detained at the Jilava Penitentiary where he is serving a two year sentence in the said case. We point out that Nastase was charged with corruption in this case with respect to collecting funds for the 2004 presidential campaign where he ran on the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) ticket. The High Court will examine the application and then decide whether to accept it or not. On his way out from the chamber, lawyer Ion Cazacu said that Adrian Nastase is unhappy with the Romanian judicial system and its shortcomings and not the Supreme Court judge panels. The lawyer said that, while the appeal process has been dragging on for quite some with respect to the “Zambaccian” file, Adrian Nastase was rejected on Monday an application for a brief adjournment of the appeal for annulment in connection to the “Quality Trophy “, so that his lawyers inform him on the court proceedings. In the wake of the rejection of the adjournment application, Nastase’s lawyers submitted a notary authenticated document whereby Nastase withdraws his appeal for annulment over the “Quality Trophy”.Ion Cazacu pointed out there is no other means to challenge the sentence, which therefore remains definitive.  Adrian Nastase could be released from prison on parole next month, having received a positive recommendation for parole from the Jilava Penitentiary Commission, which ascertained he has served the amount of prison time that makes him eligible for it, namely two-thirds of the sentence given he is over 60 years old. The Bucharest District 4 Court of Law will bring the parole application for discussion on February 12. Adrian Nastase could be released from prison on parole next month, having received a positive recommendation for parole from the Jilava Penitentiary Commission, which ascertained he has served the amount of prison time that makes him eligible for it, namely one-third of the sentence given he is over 60 years old. The Bucharest District 4 Court of Law will bring the parole application for discussion on February 12.

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