The Minister of Regional Development and Tourism, Elena Udrea, announced yesterday she had sued the former prosecutor Ciprian Nastasiu for slander. For the first time she replied to charges in the ALRO case and referred to the “wise guys” who mediated the sale of cheap power from state providers. In an interview to Mediafax, Udrea rejects the accusations made by the prosecutor, according to which she, alongside her husband and Theodor Stolojan, received a EUR 4 M-bribe to ensure ALRO advantageous contracts with Hidroelectrica and Nuclearelectrica, arguing that ALRO was, indeed, forced to pay EUR 4 M, to Energy Holding, not to the representatives of the Presidential Administration. “In September 2005, ALRO had to pay EUR 4 M before VAT, to Energy Holding, to take over the contract Energy Holding had signed with Hidroelectrica. Therefore, this is the profit made by the ‘wise guys’, but no one published this contract before,” Udrea explained. The minister further claims that prosecutor Nastasiu made several false allegations during the 2009 electoral campaign, meant to discredit the Presidential Administration, and that this discrediting campaign was fabricated in the Vintu and Patriciu laboratories. “Who is the man who makes these accusations today? Ciprian Nastasiu, ex-prosecutor, sanctioned by the High Council of Magistrates (CSM) because he petitioned for Omar Hayssam’s release, without taking any precautionary measures to ensure Omar Hayssam could not leave the country, and, moreover, was recorded in a phone conversation with Hayssam. And, if we had been involved in the 2005 deal, it is absurd to think that, three years later, we would discuss the matter on the phone,” the minister stated. According to Udrea, Nastasiu thought of coming up with this case in 2008, three years after the talks with ALRO at the Presidency.