BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court has ruled that a former Romanian prime minister who shot himself in the neck as police came to pick him up to serve a two-year prison sentence can be released early.
A Bucharest court ruled Tuesday that Adrian Nastase is eligible for parole after serving one-third of his sentence for corruption. His attorney had requested his release on the grounds that he is over age 60, and had written books and taught fellow prisoners in jail.
Prosecutors immediately appealed the ruling. Nastase, 62, was sentenced in June for illegally raising money for a 2004 failed presidential campaign. He shot himself as police came to arrest him the same day, and then underwent surgery for injuries that were not life-threatening.