UPDATE Romanian deputies from Judicial Commission secretly vote amnesty law setting ground for amnesty to prison sentences of up to 6 years and full pardon for prison sentences of up to 7 years, Bill eventually withdrawn
UPDATE The bill was eventually withdrawn from the Tuesday plenary session agenda following protests from all parliamentary parties excluding PSD and the Conservative Party.
According to HotNews.ro sources, the changes were promoted by the Social Democrats (PSD), while their governing coalition parners the Liberals (PNL) voted against them.
On Tuesday, the legislative bill is due to be voted in the House, which is the decisive chamber in this case. Procedures say the bill, once voted by the House, has to be vetted by President Traian Basescu.
The bill would benefit former PM Adrian Nastase, who has served time under corruption charges and for whom an interdiction to hold public office for two years would be lifted. Other sentenced officials who would escape charges include former PSD Senator Catalin Voicu and businessman-politician Gigi Becali.