Florin Popescu handed out the vast amount of chicken to voters in an attempt to win another term as a council leader in 2012, court hears.
A Romanian MP will serve two years behind bars for bribing his electorate with fried chicken.
Enlisting the help of supporters Florin Popescu distributed 60 tonnes of chicken to voters in an attempt to win another term as a council leader in local elections dating back to 2012 before he entered parliament.
A Bucharest court placed the condition of no parole on Popescu’s sentence while also rejecting an appeal by the disgraced politician during the culmination of a case that won him the mocking nickname the “Chicken Baron”.
Anti-corruption investigators had found that Popescu had abused his high position in local politics to secure a supply of fried chicken worth around £85,000 from a producer.
“On April 5, 2012 several people sent by Florin Popescu loaded the fried chicken into vans and took it to various locations where it was distributed,” investigators said. “All the packages of chicken were distributed for election purposes.”