by Chi Ibe
Adrian Nastase, former Romanian prime minister was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after shooting himself in the neck as a reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision that he must serve a two-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
He successfully underwent surgery on Thursday. Serban Bradisteanu,the surgeon handling Nastase’s case said although doctors successfully performed surgery on the gunshot wounds, his condition was complicated by diabetes and cardiac problems. The ex-prime minister will remain in intensive care.
Nastase’s sentencing and his apparent suicide attempt stunned Romania.
According to the Huffington Post, vivid details emerged from friends and politicians, who cited eyewitnesses. When police came to arrest Nastase late Wednesday, they said, he told them he wanted to take some books with him. In fact, Nastase went to get a gun. He tried to shoot himself in the head, but was prevented by a police officer, said former Education Minister Ecaterina Antonescu.
The ruling made him the most senior Romanian politician to be sentenced to prison since the 1989 end of communism.
One of the most prominent politicians of the past two decades, Nastase had appealed a March 30 court ruling that sentenced him to prison for illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence on Wednesday.
Nastase has insisted that he is innocent and says the case is politically motivated. Nastase was prime minister from 2000 to 2004 and headed the Social Democracy Party from 2000 to 2005. He also served as foreign minister from 1990 to 1992, and was also parliamentary speaker.
A former law professor, he is known for his love of hunting, fishing, classical music and collection of paintings and antiques.