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Romanian ex-ministers sentenced in treason case

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top court has sentenced former Economy Minister Codrut Seres to six years in prison for commercial espionage and treason in the sale of companies.

Former Communications Minister Zsolt Nagy was also sentenced to five years for being part of criminal group. The two have said it's a politically-motivated case.

The court ruled Tuesday they were involved in commercial espionage and treason, obtaining secret commercial documents relating to the sale of state-owned companies, including energy firm Petrom and telecommunications company Romtelecom, between May 2005 and November 2006, and using the information against the country's national interests causing millions in damages.

Mihai Dorinel Mucea, a state privatization official, was sentenced to 9 ½ years, and Czech citizen Michal Susak received 10 years for complicity to spying. The sentences can be appealed.

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