Adrian Nastase


Romania's ex-prime minister Adrian Nastase salutes as he is relaesed... News PhotoAdrian Nastase,Bucharest,Government,Government Minister,Horizontal,Journalism,Journalist,Law,Legal Trial,Photographer,Politician,Politics,Prison,Releasing,Romania,Saluting,WavingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPRomania's ex-prime minister Adrian Nastase salutes as he is relaesed from prison in Bucharest March 18, 2013. Nastase who is serving a two-year prison sentence for graft was granted early release Monday by a Bucharest court. Nastase, 62, has served a third of his jail time and is entitled to leave prison, according to Romanian legislation.Nastase, who headed the Social-Democrat government between 2000 and 2004, was convicted in June for siphoning off funds totaling about 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) for his 2004 re-election campaign.Prosecutors said public institutions and private companies were pressured into taking part in a 2004 construction contest with participation fees passing through several accounts before ending up paying for Nastase's presidential campaign posters. He has always denied the charges saying he was victim of a 'political trial'. AFP PHOTO DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)