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Doubts Cast On Claims Of Romanian Ex-PM's Suicide Attempt

Former Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase is lifted into an ambulance after the reported suicide attempt at his residence in Bucharest on June 20.
Romanian prosecutors say they are investigating accusations that a doctor and three police officers may have helped former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase try to avoid going to jail with an alleged suicide attempt.

Police say Nastase, 62, shot himself in the neck on June 20 when officers came to take him to jail to begin a two-year sentence for corruption.

A court on June 26 ruled that Nastase, who has been hospitalized since the incident, is fit to begin his prison term.

Romanian media have questioned the official version of the case, given Nastase was conscious and there was no trace of blood when he was in an ambulance.

Nastase, the most senior politician to be convicted since 1989, was found guilty of diverting $2 million in state funds in 2004 to finance his presidential campaign.

Nastase was prime minister in a leftist government from 2000-04.

Based on reports by and Reuters