BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court will rule on a petition for the early release of former Romanian prime minister Adrian Nastase who sensationally shot himself after being sentenced to two years in prison.
A Bucharest court said Wednesday the Jilava prison had recommended Nastase for parole. The court will rule Feb. 12. Nastase's lawyer Ion Cazacu has asked for the ruling to be brought forward. Nastase, 62, was ordered in June to serve a two-year prison sentence for illegally raising money for a 2004 failed presidential campaign. He shot himself in the neck as police came to arrest him the same day, and later underwent surgery.
Cazacu says he's eligible for parole because he has served one-third of his sentence, has written books, taught fellow prisoners and is older than 60.