Prosecutors said Blaga had received the money from 2009-2012, most of it from the Liberal-Democratic Party deputy chairman Gheorghe Stefan, who is also on trial, in return for telling ministers to appoint party donors as the managers of state companies. Stefan reportedly made the donors pay to get a chance for the jobs.
Blaga was then the leader of the Liberal Democrats. He has also been an interior minister and the Senate speaker. The court will rule on Oct. 30.