JUSTICE

Elena Udrea remains under court supervision in “Bute Boxing Gala” bribery case

A panel of the High Court of Cassation and Justice ruled that Elena Udrea be further tried under court supervision in the “Bute Boxing Gala” case where she stands accused of accepting bribery.

Elena Udrea complained on Monday in the courtroom that the magistrates had lifted the court restriction only for those who blew the whistle on her, shedding all the blame on her.

At a previous court term the magistrates ordered the lifting of the court restriction in the case of four defendants – Stefan Lungu, Gheorghe Nastasia, Ana Maria Topoliceanu and Dragos Botoroaga – a decision which was left unchallenged by the National Anticorruption Directorate, after they admitted to being guilty.

Former Minister of Tourism and Regional Development Elena Udrea was indicted on April 21 in the “Bute Boxing Gala” corruption case on three counts of bribery, abuse of office, attempt to use fake documents, the submission of inaccurate, incomplete or false statements in order to unduly access funding from the EU budget, and graft.

Also indicted in the same case were former Minister of Economy Ion Ariton, former president of the Romanian Boxing Federation Rudel Obreja, Tudor Breazu – administrator of the land plots owned by Udrea in the Nana commune, Stefan Lungu – former advisor to Elena Udrea, Gheorghe Nastasia – former Secretary-general with the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Maria Topoliceanu – former director of the National Investments Company, and Dragos Marius Botoroaga – a company manager.

According to the DNA, Udrea has allegedly coordinated a system whereby her acolytes Lungu, Topoliceanu, Nastasia and Breazu were receiving with her knowledge money from the representatives of trading companies in exchange for the on-time payment of the works financed by the ministry headed by Udrea.

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