Elena Udrea, heard by the parliamentary committee for the oversight of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI):People were telling me, on behalf of Coldea, that if I don’t simmer down I’ll be arrested

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Ex-Minister Elena Udrea stated, after she was heard by the parliamentary committee for the oversight of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), that there were persons approaching her on behalf of Florian Coldea, the former Deputy Director of the SRI, and telling her to “simmer down” because otherwise she would get arrested.

Elena Udrea claims that in Romania there was “a deep state” in which intelligence officers, acting alongside some magistrates, tried to control the Romanian political scene and business environment. “This parallel establishment has an economic interest that led to the closing of some companies, of some businessmen. There is involvement in the press, media channels which support the establishment, which are obedient and issue favourable messages. (…) People that were at the helm of the SRI in the past had their own team, working on the plan to take over political, economic and media power… And we have concrete examples, from the arrest of politicians and businessmen to the closing of companies, the destruction of businesses that were competing against other companies that had the establishment’s support,” Udrea stated.

She claims her legal problems were caused by her conflict with Florian Coldea. “I’m the emblematic case of the establishment that fought to remove those who were uncomfortable. I recounted, at the committee’s request, why I believe this happened to me and why I entered a direct conflict primarily with Mr Coldea and secondarily with Ms Kovesi,” the ex-minister said.

Udrea claimed that General Coldea was deeming her “a parallel, even troubling source of information for the President.” Consequently, Coldea allegedly wanted her arrested. “I gave the example of people who were coming and were directly telling me, on behalf of Coldea, that if I don’t simmer down, if I keep saying certain things, if I sabotage certain actions of the establishment (…) I’ll end up arrested. In 2013,” Elena Udrea.

She pointed out that some of her assertions before the committee can also be confirmed by ex-President Traian Basescu, who will also be heard. SRI Oversight Committee Chairman Claudiu Manda stated on Thursday that ex-President Traian Basescu will be heard later next week, and two media owners will also go before the committee: Dan Andronic (Evenimentul Zilei) and Adrian Sarbu (Mediafax).

“Next week, Mr Putura’s participation is confirmed for Tuesday. Mr Traian Basescu’s participation is confirmed, we don’t know the day yet. There are two other persons with whom I talked and who said they’ll come next week, depending on their and the committee’s schedule: Mr Dan Andronic and Mr Adrian Sarbu,” SRI Oversight Committee Chairman Claudiu Manda stated.

Asked whether these names are on Dragomir’s list of 65 persons who can confirm the statements he made before the committee, Manda pointed out that people that have nothing to do with that list, but that can offer details on actions that concern the committee’s proceedings, can also be summoned before the committee.

 

“The parallel state controls the society using Justice as the main instrument “

 

Former MP Elena Udrea stated on Thursday, before being heard by the parliamentary committee for the oversight of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), that she will speak about the manner in which “the parallel state” controls the society, “using Justice as the main instrument”, mentioning that she came because she was invited by the committee.

“I will not make any accusation, I will tell things that I know from my own direct or indirect experience, things that matter and which are relevant for the manner in which the system, the parallel state controls the society today, using Justice as the main instrument. (…), one of the purposes of the invitation is to clarify things that have been said by other people until now, in which I was mentioned, and to tell, in my turn, what I know about how this parallel state was built in the last years in Romania” stated the former MP Elena Udrea before being heard by the Committee .

Elena Udrea mentioned that she came because she was invited by the Committee.

“I don’t know (if I was on Daniel Dragomir’s list – e.n.), but since I am invited, I suppose I was. I didn’t see the list” Udrea added.

The former MP stated that she hopes that this committee will be more successful than “the Livingroom Committee”.

“Parliamentarians will be helped (by these disclosures – e.n.) if they want to be helped. There was another committee which I think that failed in its report, namely the Livingroom Committee; I hope this committee will be more successful with the works it conducts. (…) If parliamentarians will continue to be afraid to start a change depending on the Romanian Parliament, then, of course, we walked, we came, we saw and we left” Udrea concluded.