Elena Udrea’s lawyers have made a new request for a confrontation of their client with the defendants who had testified against her, as they had not received an answer to their previous one from DNA. The lawyers want the confrontation to happen before Thursday when Udrea’s appeal against her preventive remand in the Gala Bute case is heard.
The lawyer Alexandru Chiciu announced the other day that Elena Udrea wanted to be confronted with the people who have testified against her before the hearing of her appeal against the preventive remand in the Gala Bute case.
‘She has asked me to arrange a confrontation with those who had testified against her. She wants very much to see those men face to face, to look them in the eye’, Alexandru Chiciu said.
Stefan Lungu accepts challenge
Elena Udrea’s former advisor Stefan Lungu says he agrees to a confrontation with the ex-minister, in front of the DNA prosecutors. ‘I agree to everything she wants for the truth to be found out’, Lungu said. He is one of the people who have testified against Udrea in the Gala Bute case and, according to ‘Romania libera’, it seems that he will be face to face with the PMP MP.
Better conditions while under arrest
Elena Udrea’s lamenting in Parliament about what she called inhuman conditions while under arrest has not passed without consequences. The Bucharest Police arrest facility is undergoing renovations, according to Romania TV. The cells will be painted and the plumbing will be replaced. The piping, plumbing and toilets will be changed, but the toilets will still be the Turkish type. The Bucharest Police chief has reportedly inspected the lockups personally. Elena Udrea has asked the leaders of the Bucharest Police arrest facility to be allowed to have her room painted and wall-papered, the window bars and radiators painted and the furniture changed with her own money.
Gala Bute: Elena Udrea has an alibi for the day she allegedly received EUR 900,000 bribe; she was attending Basescu’s mother’s funeral
Elena Udrea has a strong alibi to rely on in face of the accusations of bribe-taking made by prosecutors against her in the “Gala Bute” file. On the day denunciators claimed they have given her a bribe of EUR 900,000 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Regional Development and Justice, the ex-Minister was in Constanta, attending Basescu’s mother’s funeral. Nonetheless, Elena Udrea spent no more than a few hours at the ceremony honouring the late mother of the President, so there is a possibility that the accusations were real anyway. Prosecutors need proof, more than ever, to place Elena Udrea ar the headquarters of the Ministry and at the office she allegedly received the bag that contained EUR 900,000.
Elena Udrea demanded a face-to-face confrontation with people who had denounced her at DNA, on the topic of the so-called bribes she received in the “Gala Bute” file. The ex-Minister wants to meet Gheorghe Nastasia, former Secretary General of MDRT, Stefan Lungu, Elena Udrea’s former advisor, businessman Adrian Gardean and Ana-Maria Topoliceanu, former manager of the National Investments Company.
On October 6, 2010, Elena Udrea had attended, besides then-Prime Minister Emil Boc and other colleagues from the Government and from PDL, the funeral service of former President Traian Basescu’s mother, Elena Basescu. The ceremony had started at 10.00 am at the Holy Hierarch Nicholas Church in Constanta. Among the attendants, there was Gigi Becali as well, and underground figure Bercea Mondial, Mircea Basescu’s godson, who had brought a flower arrangement of yellow roses.
After the religious ceremony ended, the funeral procession walked to the graveyard, where they arrived after approximately 30 minutes and, after the burial, approximately 300 persons attended the alms. Traian Basescu spent a small amount of time having lunch and so did the persons close to him.