The MP Elena Udrea might end up under arrest for a third time, if the Chamber of Deputies approves the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) requests for her prosecution, detention and preventive arrest. In this new case, the former minister of regional development and tourism has been charged with bribery, trafficking in influence, instigation o abuse of power, financial operations or transactions incompatible with her office, money laundering and misrepresentation in her asset disclosure form. She is suspected of having got a bribe of USD 5 M.
Judicial sources say that former Cancan owner Radu Budeanu, Evenimentul Zilei owner Dan Andronic and Energy Holding founder Bogdan Buzoianu are concerned in Elena Udrea’s new criminal case where DNA asked the Parliament, on Tuesday, to withdraw the MPs’ immunity from prosecution.
Most probably, the Chamber of Deputies will decide on the Prosecutor General’s request for the prosecution of Elena Udrea and for her detention and arrest on Wednesday. The former minister has three days to study her file, which is quite big.
‘Under the Regulation, the Legal Committee has three days to prevent the report, meaning until Friday. The Standing Bureau of the Chamber will decide on Monday, the term is of 5 days maximum, therefore the plenary meeting will give the final vote most likely next Wednesday’, Chamber Secretary Marcel Ciolacu (PSD) said on Wednesday.
He also said there would be two votes – one on the prosecution request and one on the detention or preventive arrest request.
MP Elena Udrea said on Romania TV Tuesday night that she expected DNA would asked for her arrest in a new case and that she had learnt from sources that the case prosecutor had been assigned the ‘task’ to arrest her by the chief of DNA.
‘I was ready. I don’t know when, but I did know that it was going to happen. (…) I filed a complaint with CMS. I was told by sources that prosecutor Moraru had been assigned the task to arrest me by Kovesi. People are being called on conveyor belt to DNA’s to submit denunciations against me’, Elena Udrea said.
She claims that DNA’s action hides ‘games for taking over the power’. ‘I don’t think Romania will remain blocked in the madness that is going on today. (…) This hides extremely perfidious games for taking the power. (…) Who may trust these abuses will go unpunished is wrong. I will probably carry my cross, but they will pay’, Udrea said on Romania TV.
Udrea rules out having asked Bogdan Buzoianu for money
The former head of PMP denies having receivables worth 900,000 euro representing 90% of the Evenimentul Zilei stock. ‘I have never owned nor do I own the Evenimentul Zilei. I would like to, but I am not the owner. (…) Out of the 7,000 cases DNA have, they are only dealing with Elena Udrea’s. This is the third major case against me. They laid the paint too thick. (…) I have never held receivables or shares in Evenimentul Zilei’, Elena Udrea said.
She said the magistrates hearing her Gala Bute case could be influenced by her being prosecuted in a different matter. ‘This can also be a type of pressure. Probably someone is thinking