Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ex Romanian PM funds frozen before corruption case

Associated Press

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have frozen the bank account of a former prime minister who is due to go on trial next month accused of corruption.

Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase goes on trial on Feb. 26 accused of illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign in 2004.

Anti-corruption prosecutors' spokeswoman Livia Saplacan confirmed Thursday that the account holding $118,650 had been frozen. She said the action was taken in October last year.

Prosecutors announced last week that Nastase, now a lawmaker, and five other people are due to stand trial at the country's Supreme Court.

Prosecutors allege companies and state agencies were forced to pay fees to attend a 2004 conference and the money was used for Nastase's unsuccessful presidential campaign. Nastase claims the charges are politically motivated.

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