A former European Parliament lawmaker has been sentenced to prison for bribery by the Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice, reported Romanian Insider.
Adrian Severin is to serve three years and three months without parole for bribery and influence peddling. The decision is not final; Severin denied wrongdoing and said he would appeal, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Severin was Romania’s foreign minister between 1996 and 1997.
Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors launched an investigation into Severin’s activities in July 2012, according to a news release on the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) website. The investigation was kicked off after Severin allegedly agreed to take money from British journalists posing as lobbyists, the AP reported.
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