Former NWO Kingpin Shoot self to Avoid Jail – misses
“He was convicted of illegally raising $2 million for his failed presidential campaign in 2004 by drawing from the profits of an event organized by a state agency….” Sound familiar Obama?
Ordered to Prison, Former Romanian Prime Minister Shoots and Wounds Himself
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase of Romania shot and wounded himself on Wednesday, apparently in a suicide attempt, hours after the country’s Supreme Court ruled he must serve a two-year sentence for corruption.
Mr. Nastase is the most senior Romanian politician to be jailed since the overthrow of Communism in 1989.
The court’s decision shocked Romania, a poor country where senior politicians have long been seen as above the law. Analysts hailed it as a sign of political maturity in a nation struggling to shed a culture of graft and lawlessness that was honed during decades of Communist rule.
Mr. Nastase, who will turn 62 on Friday, had denied any wrongdoing and insisted that the case was politically motivated.
He had appealed his March 30 sentence after he was convicted of illegally raising $2 million for his failed presidential campaign in 2004 by drawing from the profits of an event organized by a state agency. Mr. Nastase was prime minister in a leftist government from 2000 to 2004 and before that was foreign minister.
He had been expected to begin serving his sentence within hours, but after the police arrived at his home to arrest him, Mr. Nastase shot himself in the neck, The Associated Press reported, citing the Antena 3 and Mediafax news outlets. The national news agency Agerpres reported that the General Prosecutor’s Office said it was investigating a suicide attempt by the former prime minister.
Television footage showed Mr. Nastase being carried from an ambulance into a hospital on a stretcher. His lawyer, Ion Cazacu, said the former prime minister was conscious when he saw him at the hospital.
“I spoke to him after the court ruling, and he was calm and responsible,” Mr. Cazacu added.
A doctor at the hospital, Serban Bradisteanu, said that Mr. Nastase was able to speak, but with difficulty, and that he would probably have surgery on Thursday.
In recent years, those facing corruption allegations in Romania have included more than 1,100 doctors and teachers, dozens of police officers and several generals, according to investigators there. But convictions have been rare, analysts say, and the country has consistently come under criticism for having a legal system vulnerable to political influence.
Endemic corruption in Romania and neighboring Bulgaria has impeded the countries’ progress since they joined the European Union in 2007, becoming two of the bloc’s poorest nations.