At the time of sentencing he was not present. Hours after the verdict was picked up Dragnea home by the police, and in a Bucharest prison, all the Romanian TV news channels carried this live.

Dragnea was convicted in June of 2018 to three and a half years of imprisonment because he had two women who worked for his party, at the city Council in his constituency, gives. The 56-year-old Dragnea had denied the allegations and had gone against the judgment in appeal.

The certificate of employment allegations against Dragnea refer to the years 2006 to 2012. Dragnea was then President of the County Council of Teleorman.

Today, the 56-year-old is considered to be the most powerful politician in the South-East European country. Because of a further conviction for electoral fraud from the year 2016, he could not be after the election victory of the social Democrats in the same year, but the head of government.

In the European elections had suffered from the Romanian social Democrats on Sunday to significant loss. The PSD came to the preliminary results showed that only 23.4 percent of the vote, the liberal-conservative party PNL and the Alliance USR, PLUS brought together well-48 percent.

during The election campaign had played a debate on controversial judicial reforms, the government has a big role. In the face of criticism from Brussels, the legislative leaders of the PSD were increasingly on a nationalist and eurosceptic rhetoric. Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis celebrated the election result as a vote against the government and for a “European Romania”.

On Sunday took place parallel to the European election is also a Referendum on the reform of the judiciary, the outcome of which is still pending. The necessary Quorum of 30 percent was achieved and it is expected that the majority of the voters against the plans of the government has pronounced. President Iohannis scheduled referendum is not legally binding.

(SDA)