Ilie Nastase Sentenced for Drunk Driving; To Contest European Elections


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Ilie Nastase Sentenced for Drunk Driving; To Contest European Elections

Tennis - Former World No. 1 Ilie Nastase has been sentenced to nine months and ten days in prison for a drunk driving incident in May 2018. The decision of the Romanian court is not final and can be disputed. The 72-year-old Nastase admitted his guilt and commented, "I have been told that I was drunk and have nothing to say any more, and I have also been banned from driving in the next two years."

According to Romania Insider, Bucharest’s District 1 Court judges agreed that the trial period should be for two years, during which the former tennis player is bound to comply with several conditions established by the court.

If the case is challenged, it would be sent to a higher court. The judges also agreed that the trial period should be two years, during which the former tennis player is bound to comply with several conditions established by the court, local Agerpres reported.

However, the District 1 Court’s decision is not final and can be challenged. Should this happen, the case will be sent a higher court. On May 25, 2018, Nastase was caught intoxicated by police officers who asked him to take an alcohol test.

He initially rejected the request and refused to undergo tests. The police officers caught him later the same day for driving a scooter without a driver license. Meanwhile, Nastase and former top footballer Anghel Iordanescu will run in the upcoming European Parliament elections on the list of local party UNPR, it was announced by the UNPR President Gabriel Oprea on Saturday.

Oprea commented, “We are very honoured to have two Romanian patriots on our list for the European Parliament elections, as they are among the best ambassadors of our country, supporting and promoting tirelessly Romania’s image abroad.

This is the kind of people we need to represent the country all over the world, not those who forgot they are Romanians and did nothing but denigrate our country after having been sent by Romanians to the European Parliament."