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Romania Jails Ex-PM Nastase For Corruption


Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase speaks to the media in 2006.

Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase speaks to the media in 2006.

Romania's Supreme Court has confirmed that former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase will serve a two-year prison sentence for corruption, in a landmark ruling for antigraft efforts in the new EU member.

Nastase, a leftist prime minister from 2000 to 2004, becomes the highest figure to be jailed since the fall of communism.

Prosecutors said $2 million was missing from the 2004 budget when profits from an event organized by a state construction watchdog were diverted to Nastase's presidential campaign.

Nastase lost the election to the current president, Traian Basescu.

He remains a key figure in the governing USL alliance, which brought down Basescu's center-right party in a no-confidence vote in April.

The current prime minister, Victor Ponta, a protegee of Nastase's, is currently under pressure to resign amid accusations of plagiarism.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, Hotnews.ro, and TVR Info
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