Romania's Former PM Attempted Suicide: Prosecutors

Romania's former prime minister Adrian Nastase attempted suicide Wednesday, hours after the Supreme Court threw out his appeal against a two-year jail sentence over corruption, prosecutors said.

Romania's Former PM Attempted Suicide: Prosecutors

Romania's former prime minister Adrian Nastase attempted suicide Wednesday, hours after the Supreme Court threw out his appeal against a two-year jail sentence over corruption, prosecutors said.

"The prosecutors' office was informed by the police that Adrian Nastase tried to commit suicide," the office said.

Medical sources said Nastase shot himself in the throat but it was unclear if his life was in danger.

The incident happened when two policemen entered his home to hand him the arrest warrant and escort him to prison, Mediafax news agency said.

Nastase, 61, reportedly asked to be allowed to get some books and left the room. But seconds later he shot himself while a police officer tried to stop him.

"I hope he will recover," Prime Minister Victor Ponta told journalists after visiting his predecessor in hospital.

Nastase, who headed a Social Democrat government between 2000 and 2004, was convicted for siphoning off funds totalling about 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) for his 2004 re-election campaign.

He has always denied the charges, saying he was victim of a "political trial".

Nastase is the most senior figure condemned in Romania since the fall of former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.