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Elena Udrea remains behind bars: High Court judges reject her appeal to preventive arrest sentence

Elena Udrea had a new decisive day on Thursday, as she appeared once again in front of the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) who tried the appeal submitted by the ex-Regional Development and Tourism Minister to the decision of preventive arrest.

The former Minister of Regional Development and Tourism will remain in behind bars until March 26, after the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) rejected her appeal on Thursday evening.

Elena Udrea was placed under preventive arrest last week, after ICCJ issued on her name a 30-day preventive arrest in the “Gala Bute” file.

The arrest warrant was issued for charges of bribe-taking related to the financing by the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism of contracts with Termogaz Company SA, UAT Cavnic and UAT Borsec; charges of bribe-taking related to payments made by the National Company of Investments to SC Consmin SA; bribe taking related to financing by MDRT of contracts signed by Termogaz Company SA, SC Kranz Eurocenter SRL, UAT Lupeni and UAT Petroşani; charges of abuse of office related to the organization of “Gala Bute”, the decision issued by the High Court of Cassation and Justice shows.

Moreover, the Court overruled DNA requests regarding Elena Udrea’s case for charges of attempted use of forged documents or false, inaccurate or incomplete statements for undeserved gaining of funds from the budget of the European Union and charges of influence peddling in order to gain undeserved benefits.

DNA prosecutors placed a levy on several real estate properties and millions of RON owned by Elena Udrea. A similar measure was applied in the case of the other defendants in the “Gala Bute” file, the lawyer of the Deputy, Marius Striblea declared last Friday.

The former Minister of Regional Development and Tourism Elena Udrea has already spent time in the Bucharest Police Arrest Department starting on the evening of February 10, when she was detained by DNA prosecutors, and arrested the next day by the decision issued by the High Court of Cassation and Justice in the Microsoft file. On February 17,  Elena Udrea was removed from arrest and placed under home arrest as a result of a subsequent decision of ICCJ, who had tried the appeal filed by the PMP Deputy.

The Chamber of Deputies approved on February 9 Elena Udrea’s legal pursuit, detention and preventive arrest both in the “Microsoft” file and the “Gala Bute” file.

On February 23, the Chamber of Deputies approved once again prosecutors’ requests of legal pursuit and preventive arrest of the PMP Deputy in the “Gala Bute” file.

In the “Gala Bute” file, preventive arrest was also applied against Rudel Obreja, the former President of the Romanian Box Federation and against the Mayor of the city Lupeni, in Hunedoara County, Cornel Resmerita. Elena Udrea’s former advisor Stefan Lungu and former Secretary General in the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism Gheorghe Nastasia are investigated while under home arrest.

The former Economy Minister Ion Ariton is also a defendant in this case for having determined the representatives of ten state-owned companies, including Hidroelectrica, Nuclearelectrica and Romgaz, to provide illegal sponsorship of over RON 1.7 million for the organization of “Gala Bute” by Rudel Obreja’s company. PNL Senator Ion Ariton (elected as a representative of PDL) is on probation until April and is forced not to leave the country and be present at the Sibiu Police Department on the days established by the supervision program.

In the same file, Tudor Breazu, the manager of Elena Udrea’s farm in Nana, was also placed under preventive arrest.






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