Gala Bute case: ICCJ decides that Elena Udrea must remain in custody

Elena Udrea, former Minister of Tourism, will be judged in custody, the Magistrates of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided on Thursday evening. The decision is final.

The Supreme Court’s Judges ruled on the appeal filed by ex-minister’s lawyers against the court’s decision rejecting her request for the replacement of her preventive arrest measure.

Elena Udrea has asked the Court to replace her remand measure, arguing that she shouldn’t have to be locked up for the sake of the public opinion who is not a substitute for the evidence on file, lawyer Marius Striblea said after the hearing before ICCJ.

On 10 April, the High Court declined the ex-minister’s request for the replacement of remand with a more lenient measure such as home arrest or probation, in the Gala Bute case.

The ex-Development and Tourism Minister has been on remand since 25 February. Her lawyer, Marius Striblea, has said there was no reason for keeping Elena Udrea under arrest anymore.

‘We have demonstrated in Court that, since the extension of the preventive measure, the reasons considered by the judge who extended the measure have changed. All evidence after 23 March has shaped up a different actual situation and has been against the initial prosecution’s theory’, the lawyer said.

Marius Striblea also said that the bribery charge brought against his client was still solely based on Gheorghe Nastasia’s deposition.

In the Gala Bute case, Elena Udrea was initially charged with abuse of office, attempted use of false, inaccurate or incomplete documents or statements for unjustly obtaining funds from the budget of the European Union, use of influence for obtaining undue benefits and bribery. The National Anticorruption Department afterwards charged her with three new bribery offences and money laundering.

Elena Udrea is also under investigation in the Microsoft case.


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