Elena Udrea is investigated by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in a new criminal case, the third. This time anticorruption prosecutors probe the possible illegal financing of PDL’s election campaigns, illegal financing made through the MP.
Prosecutors suspect that sums from the bribes offered by various businessmen in the Bute Boxing Gala case ended up in the Democrat-Liberals’ bank accounts. The DNA announced on Tuesday that this case was disjoined from the one concerning the Bute Boxing Gala, a case sent to the High Court of Justice after the investigation was completed.
“Anticorruption prosecutors have ordered the disjoining of the case and the continuation of the investigations against defendants Resmerita Cornel and Condoiu Cristofor Alin for the crimes of malfeasance in office, and against defendants Gardean Adrian, Gardean Miron Dorel and Lupulescu Miron for the crimes of active bribery and instigating malfeasance in office. Likewise, the case has been disjoined and investigations continue against defendant Udrea Elena Gabriela for the crimes of money laundering and the use of influence in order to obtain undue benefits,” a DNA communiqué shows.
DNA prosecutors suspect that certain businessmen were pressured in order to finance the Bute Gala and Elena Udrea received part of the sums, with the money being redirected toward PDL. It seems the Democrat-Liberals sought a way of justifying in their accounting books the apparently illegal funds, so the money was presented as donations from various businessmen.
Referred to Court in Gala Bute case
Elena Udrea has been brought to trial in the Gala Bute case, on charges of bribery, abuse and money laundering. The other defendants sent to Court in the same case are Rudel Obreja, Tudor Breazu and Gheorghe Nastasia.
Elena Udrea has been behind bars since 25 February. On 23 March, the Court granted DNA’s request and extended her remand with 30 days.
In the same case, the magistrates extended the remand measure taken against the former president of the Romanian Boxing Federation, Rudel; Obreja, and Tudor Breazu, the manager of Udrea’s farm at Nana, where the Basescu family also owns land.
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. Afterwards, DNA charged her with three more bribery offences.
In what regards her second case, Microsoft, Udrea is free of the preventive measures initially taken. The PMP MP was placed under house arrest in that case, but the prosecutors did not ask for an extension of the measure.