Three judges’ “Zambaccian” case abstention requests denied

The Leadership Body of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), yesterday denied abstention requests from three of the five judges assigned to hear the appeal in the “Zambaccian” Case wherein former premier Adrian Nastase was handed down a three year prison sentence on March 30, 2012, for blackmail and then acquitted of the charge of taking bribe. Therefore, the three judges concerned will stay on the judge panel to hear the appeal April 8. Earlier in the week, three of the five judges to hear the appeal applied for abstentions on grounds of their previous pronouncements on cases involving the once-PM.

Judges Ioana Bogdan and Cristina Rotaru sat on the “Quality Trophy” case judge panel, and Angela Dragne, on the judge panel who acquitted the defendants in the “Aunt Tamara” trial.


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