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December 7, 2021
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Obreja: I am not the target of the case, but Elena Udrea is

On his way out of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) headquarters, where he had been questioned over the “Champion for Romania” Gala case, Rudel Obreja, chairman of the Romanian Boxing Federation (FRB), said he was not the “target” in the case, but former tourism and regional development minister Elena Udrea, although prosecutors did not ask him “questions with names and surnames, yet it is obvious that they aim at her, at Elena Udrea. The matters headed that way. The intention was obvious, for me to mention names, but I mentioned none, since this is not important, but the gala, the way it was handled. I entered no agreement with either Mrs.  Udrea, or anybody else,” Obreja said yesterday. The FRB chairman also said he had acquired the right to organize the Bute gala at Romexpo, last year, with the Romanian Boxing Federation giving its nod at an Executive Bureau session.  The FRB chairman FR Box would not say what amount his company got to organize the event, yet he said it was smaller than stipulated originally.  A control note drawn up by inspectors at the Anti-fraud Department (DLAF) and submitted to the DNA, a note obtained by Mediafax, describes how Rudel Obreja got the exclusivity right on organizing the “Champion for Romania” for a company he also owned. Under this exclusivity right obtained from the federation where Obreja was a president, his company, Europlus Computers SRL, got through direct negotiation from the Ministry of  Regional Development and  Tourism, headed by Elena Udrea at the time, a RON 10,175,168 contract on “Promoting Romania’s tourism  brand”.

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