Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Romania lifts immunity of former prime minister

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

BUCHAREST, Romania: Romania's Parliament has voted to lift the immunity of former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase so he can stand trial in a corruption case.

Parliament voted 158-128 on Wednesday to let Nastase's trial continue. Nastase told lawmakers that charges that he illegally raised funds for a failed presidential bid were politically motivated. He said he wanted to stand trial to prove his innocence.

His trial began Feb. 26 and was immediately adjourned until March 24.

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. Nastase was prime minister from 2000 to 2004.

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