A deputy of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) who served as secretary general for the former Adrian Nastase government faces grilling by High Court prosecutors on Thursday in an ongoing case related to the controversial transformation of debts at a Romanian refinery into state bonds.

Eugen Bejinariu, a politician with close links to ex-PSD leader Adrian Nastase, said earlier today he would leave the party in protest to policies supported by the current PSD leadership.

The case related to the Petromidia refinery saw several ministers of the 2000-2004 government grilled by prosecutors – including ex-Justice minister Rodica Stanoiu, ex-Finance minister Mihai Tanasescu, ex-Transport minister Miron Mitrea and the ex-head of the Authority for the Privatization Ovidiu Musetescu.

Ex-PM Adrian Nastase and his Economy minister Dan Ioan Popescu will face hearings in the same case next week.