Thursday, February 26, 2009

Former Romanian PM stands trial for corruption

Thursday, February 26, 2009

BUCHAREST, Romania: Former Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase has gone on trial accused of illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign.

Nastase faces corruption charges with five others at the country's Supreme Court in a case that the former prime minister says could last up to 10 years, with nearly 1,000 witnesses listed.

Prosecutors allege companies and state agencies were forced to pay fees to attend a conference that were used to pay for Nastase's unsuccessful run for the presidency in 2004.

The trial began Thursday but was adjourned until March 24 because some of the defendants did not have lawyers. Nastase was prime minister from 2000 to 2004. He says the charges are politically motivated.

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