The former leader of the governing Social Democrats (PSD) and de facto ruler of Romania Liviu Dragnea, who received a 3.5-year prison sentence for influence peddling in May, is using an extraordinary means to challenge the final decision in his case.

  • Liviu Dragnea is now serving his sentence in the Rahova Penitentiary in Bucharest. He was sentenced a day after the European elections, which saw his party suffer serious losses.
  • Dragnea was sentence in a traffic of influence case relateds to fictitious employment of personnel at the child welfare authority in Teleorman, the Southern Romania county where he used to serve as head of the local administration before turning to national politics.

His legal representative, Flavia Teodosiu, said Dragnea himself dealt with submitted the challenge to the court decision, which he most probably sent to the High Court by mail.

The action was submitted on Thursday, with a first term set for December 11.

Sources told that the challenge focuses on how the panel of High Court judges who convicted Dragnea was established.

Full report in Romanian here