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November 12, 2019
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Nastase takes ISC to court

The ex-premier says the institution to which he paid EUR 760,000 compensation in his corruption case has damaged his public image.

Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, conditionally released from prison after the sentence in his ‘Quality Trophy’ case, has sued the State Inspectorate for Constructions (ISC) – victim in the case, to which Nastase paid EUR 760,000 in compensation – for hurting his public image. ISC was involved in two scandals related to the ‘Quality Trophy’ case: the first time a year ago, when its head Constantin Grajdan withdrew the institution as a civil party from the court action and then at the beginning of the current year, when the damage started to be recovered only six months after Nastase’s conviction and sentencing. Adrian Nastase took the State Inspectorate for Constructions to court to defend his public image he claims the institution damaged.

Adrian Nastase considers that ISC hurt his image by issuing a release on February 13, stating that he had not paid his share of the damage ordered by the Court in the ‘Quality Trophy’ case, according to HotNews. The claim was filed with the Courthouse of District 5 on April 23 and the first court date was set on June 4, according to the court portal and Ziare.com.The State Inspectorate for Constructions was a civil party in the ‘Quality Trophy’ corruption case where Adrian Nastase was convicted and given a two-year prison sentence. According to the final sentence handed down by the High Court of Cassation and Justice, ISC was owed compensation by the ex-PM. A year ago, ISC was in the middle of a major scandal leading up to the prosecution of its head, Constantin Grajdan, who had withdrawn ISC from as a civil party from Nastase’s case. After the scandal and the criminal investigations, ISC became a civil party in the trial and, following Nastase’s final conviction in June 2012, was going to recover a damage of almost EUR 1.5 M from all defendants. At the beginning of this year, over 6 months after the final conviction, ISC asked the District 1 Courthouse to execute the assets of the former prime minister. A few days later, Adrian Nastase told ISC he would pay EUR 760,000, representing ‘his share of the damage’, according to his lawyer.

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