Former Romanian Social-Democratic leader gets out of prison earlier, on parole. On Thursday, July 15th, Liviu Dragnea got out of jail after 2 years and 2 months.
He was condemned to 3 years and 6 months in jail in May 2019 for corruption-related crimes. According to the release terms, he will not be able to lead any party, be elected, or occupy public positions for a certain period.
His first statements when he got out of jail were:
There were 2 years of torment and suffering. That is what it was here – abuses and humiliation and the majority of the population understood why I had to be inprisoned for. When I left, Romania was a prosperous country, with decent revenues. Today it is a fierce dictatorship. I consider myself a political prisoner because I entered in jail not guilty. I was insistently asked in the last months, when in the court, to admit I was guilty. I refused.Liviu Dragnea on getting out on parole
Liviu Dragnea is the former leader of PSD – Social Democratic Party in Romania. He was sentenced to jail while occupying the top position in the party – president. The sentence came the very next day after PSD lost the European parliamentary elections in May 2019. He resigned while in prison and apparently he is no longer in a position to influence the decisions within the party.
Most of his former colleagues avoided making comments on his parole.