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Romania Party Chief Gets 2-year Suspended Sentence for Fraud

Friday, 22 April 2016 09:21 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has handed a two-year suspended prison sentence to the chairman of Romania's main party for fraud in a referendum to impeach Romania's former president.

Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the Social Democratic Party, lost his appeal Friday when the High Court of Cassation and Justice doubled the sentence of a lower court. The ruling is final.

He is convicted of inflating voter numbers at a July 2012 referendum to impeach former President Traian Basescu. The referendum failed because turnout was too low. More than 50 percent of the eligible voters need to participate for such a referendum to be valid.

Dragnea had denied wrongdoing.

Two other people were given prison sentences of two years each and 20 others were acquitted.

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A Romanian court has handed a two-year suspended prison sentence to the chairman of Romania's main party for fraud in a referendum to impeach Romania's former president.Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the Social Democratic Party, lost his appeal Friday when the High Court of...
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