Appeals in “Zambaccian” case postponed for September

The High Court postponed for September 9 the appeals filed in the “Zambaccian” case and established that Adrian and Dana Nastase, Irina Jianu and witnesses Cristina Popa and Ioan Paun (Romania’s former consul in China) will be heard on that date. The High Court’s five-judge panel decided this after establishing what pieces of evidence will be discussed next. Also on Monday, the judges rejected two requests to demand the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to release the transcripts of some meetings. The High Court also rejected the request filed by Adrian Nastase’s lawyers to refuse Judge Ioana Bogdan’s membership within the five-judge panel that is judging the appeals. Adrian Nastase and his wife, accompanied by their two sons, attended the court debates on Monday. At the end of the debates, when asked about the date of prescription in this case, Nastase pointed out that “according to DNA rules none of my actions is prescribed.” We remind our readers in this context that Adrian Nastase was sentenced to three years in jail for blackmail in this case, being acquitted of the bribery charge. Daniela Nastase, the former prime minister’s wife, was sentenced to three years in jail for “improper involvement in using forged documents at the customs authority,” being acquitted of the charge of being accessory to bribery and blackmail. Irina Paula Jianu, former head of the State Inspectorate in Constructions, was sentenced to three years in jail, executory sentence.

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