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Chamber of Deputies’ Legal Committee discusses DNA request to prosecute Elena Udrea on new counts, ex-minister of tourism likely to appear in Parliament

The juridical committee of the Deputies’ Chamber on Wednesday starting at 11:30 am EET will discuss the new requests of the DNA regarding the initiation of criminal proceedings and placement under preventive arrest of Elena Udrea. According to the head of the committee, Bogdan Ciuca, Elena Udrea was invited to take part in the meeting and say her opinions about the new charges the prosecutors brought against her.

The DNA head prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, asked for the notification of the Deputies’ Chamber regarding a new request for criminal proceedings and preventive arrest measures to be initiated against Elena Udrea for committing newly-discovered crimes in the Bute Gala file.

“In observance of the legal and constitutional provisions, DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi has sent the prosecutors report to the general prosecutor from the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice [PICCJ], to further notify the Deputies’ Chamber to have the request for launching criminal proceedings against Elena Udrea formulated, on counts of bribe taking, while she was Minister of Regional Development and Tourism [MDRT]; and also to the Minister of Justice, to further ask the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber to approve the preventive arrest measure in Elena Udrea’s case, for committing the abovementioned crimes,” said the DNA release remitted on Monday to Agerpres.


Ex-minister of tourism upon exit from custody: I will probably go to Parliament


Deputy Elena Udrea on Tuesday evening said, upon her exit from the arrest of the Bucharest Police, that it is very likely she will appear in Parliament on Wednesday, to present her own perspective on the two new requests that were formulated by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, who are asking for approval to initiate criminal proceedings and preventive arrest measure against her on new counts.

“I will probably go to Parliament tomorrow,” said Elena Udrea, while refusing to say anything else to the journalists. “I don’t wish to declare anything (…) I really don’t want to say anything right now,” she said.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Tuesday changed the preventive arrest measure with house arrest in the case of Deputy Elena Udrea.

The judges have imposed several obligations on her, while being placed under house arrest, among which: not to communicate with Dorin Cocos, Dinu Pescariu, Ana Maria Topoliceanu or any of their family members, either directly or indirectly, and not to communicate any information regarding her case to the media or write it on her social networking pages.




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