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Elena Udrea remanded in custody by DNA prosecutors, says she can be handcuffed not the truth

After more than nine hours spent by deputy Elena Udrea at the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA)  headquarters, the anti-corruption body informed on Tuesday night that prosecutors have remanded in custody  the former minister and that she will be presented on Wednesday to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) with a proposal for arrest on 30 days.

According to a release of the DNA remitted  to Agerpres, Elena Udrea was detained in the Microsoft case for committing the following crimes: influence peddling (related to acts pertaining to the conclusion and running of a framework agreement for Microsoft licenses in 2009, the subsequent contracts and additional acts to said contracts); influence peddling (in connection to the execution of the e-Romania contract); influence peddling (related to acts regarding the request and receipt of 500,000 euro); and money laundering.

Elena Udrea’s lawyer, Sebastian Striblea, mentioned upon exiting the DNA headquarters that the custodial order expires on Wednesday, at 21.40 hrs. Furthermore, he stated that the former minister made no denunciations and pointed out that the hearings took three hours, with the time remaining (e.n. – Elena Udrea spent approximately 9 hours in the DNA headquarters) being spent on consulting the file and the issuing of procedural paperwork.

Tuesday saw “investigation acts ran only in relation to the Microsoft case”, the attorney added.

Another lawyer, Alexandru Chiciu, said that Elena Udrea showed no emotions and that preventive arrest will not be ordered.

“What changed in the meantime – there were two counts of money laundering, the prosecutors renounced one count of money laundering, and this is very important”, said Chiciu.

The Chamber of Deputies had previously approved the arrest of former minister Elena Udrea in several secret votes late on Monday night.

Six requests of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) concerning Udrea passed the plenum vote – three approvals of criminal investigation procedures and the corresponding permissions to take her into custody – pertaining to two cases in which she is involved: the Microsoft case and the Bute Gala boxing event case.

Deputy Elena Udrea was initially placed under investigation by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on January 29 for committing the crime of money laundering (in the form of gaining/using goods with knowledge they result from criminal activity) and submitting false assets statements, in the Microsoft case, being subsequently brought with a mandate to the DNA headquarters, where the prosecutors informed her of the charges.

 

Udrea: You can handcuff me, not the truth

 

Former Minister of Development Elena Udrea, MP, left the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in handcuffs on Tuesday night, following her taking into custody by prosecutors in a corruption case.

‘One can handcuff Elena Udrea, but cannot handcuff the truth,’ she said.

Media reported that Udrea no longer had handcuffs upon her arrival at the police arrest facility, where she awaits a Supreme Court’s decision on the prosecutors’ request for her 30-day arrest pending trial. The DNA has ordered an investigation on the custody procedure, as handcuffs should have stayed on until she got inside.

 

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