Romania: Former Parliament Speaker heads to jail following final conviction

Romania: Former Parliament Speaker heads to jail following final conviction

Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Romania (BNR) and former Speaker of Parliament Bogdan Olteanu has been sentenced to five years in prison for abuse of power.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal reduced the sentence at first instance, initially set at 7 years, and issued an order for the execution of the sentence. Shortly afterwards, Bogdan Olteanu was handed over to the police.

In 2016, when the crime was committed, Bogdan Olteanu was serving as Speaker of Parliament and leader of the PNL.

Bogdan Olteanu is the third Speaker of Parliament to be jailed after Liviu Dragnea and Adrian Nastase. The fourth one, Valeriu Zgonea, has not yet received a final verdict. /ibna