PSD lawmaker Adrian Nastase received 2-year jail term in corruption case "Trofeul Calitatii"
Former Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase has been sentenced to two years behind bars on Monday after being tried in the “Quality Trophy” file. Over 900 witnesses were heard during 48 sessions. Nastase who was cleared recently in another corruption case called Matusa Tamara (“Aunt Tamara”) claims he is innocent.
According to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Nastase was charged in connection with fundraising for the 2004 campaign when he ran for Presidency. Now the ex-premier can appeal the non-irrevocable penalty.
The former Prime Minister said during his last hearing, that he is innocent and the trial is a political one. “It is legitimate for those who win political elections to “doctor” cases to those who lose. I have nothing to do with the “quality trophy”,” Nastase said.
Money for campaign – Quality Trophy (Trofeul Calitatii)
Adrian Nastase has been indicted in this case in January 2009 on charges of use of influence or authority as the head of the government to obtain for himself money, goods or other benefits.
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This case reveals several other defendants including Irina Jianu (former inspector general of the State Construction Inspectorate (ISC)), Diana Gasparovici, Mihail Cristian Vasile (CEO of SC Eurografica SRL) and the couple Marian Ioana şi Bogdan Popovici (president of Forum Invest). Popovici is due to serve a 7-year sentence.
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According to the indictment, during the election year 2004, ISC, managed by Irina Jianu, “began organizing a symposium entitled “the trophy of the quality in construction.” “In reality, the symposium represented a framework aimed at masking the collection of money for the presidential campaign of (then presidential candidate) Adrian Nastase,” stated the Romanian Anticorruption Division DNA. According to the prosecutors, the state budget was depleted of $2 million because of the scheme mastered by Nastase who lost at that time the election to Traian Basescu, who is still Romania’s president.
In a separate trial on 15 December 2011, a supreme court acquitted Adrian Nastase in the file “Matusa Tamara” (Aunt Tamara), which charged Nastase for corruption, along with his adviser and Ristea Priboi and the former head of the National Office for Preventing and Combating Money Laundering Ioan Melinescu. The National Anticorruption Department appealed the decision and the case will be re-analized by the judging board of the High Court of Cassation and Justice.