Romania's top court gave former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase a two year jail sentence for corruption on Monday, a landmark conviction in the graft-prone European Union country that has prosecuted few senior officials. Nastase would be the first former prime minister to be sent to jail since the fall of communism in 1989. He remains free pending an appeal. Prosecutors had said the state budget lost $2 million in 2004 when profits from an event organised by a state construction watchdog were used to finance Nastase's campaign for the presidency. Nastase lost the election to Traian Basescu, who is still Romania's president.
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