Romania’s former Prime Minister is in a serious but stable condition after attempting suicide in an apparant bid to avoid jail.
Adrian Nastase was due to begin a two-year
sentence for corruption. Officials say he appeared to have tried to kill himself as police arrived at his home to escort him to prison.
Romanian media reported that the 61-year-old had shot himself with a pistol and had been wounded in the neck.
Victor Ponta, the current Prime Minister and an ally of Nastase, was the first politician to visit him in hospital.
“You know very well that I am not allowed and do not wish to comment on anything relating to his legal case,” said Ponta. “But nobody can forbid me the right to come and see how a man in this circumstance is feeling.”
Nastase, who was prime minister from 2000 to 2005 was accused of illegally amassing 1.5 million euros to fund his re-election campaign. He has always denied the charges.
His suicide attempt came hours after the Supreme Court upheld a January ruling that he should spend two years behind bars.