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May 18, 2021

Elena Udrea reports to National Anticorruption Directorate offices, challenges case prosecutor

Former minister Elena Udrea reported on Friday to the offices of the National Anticorruption Directorate in connection with the case in which Parliament approved on Thursday the start of probing against her, but vetoed the request for her pre-trial arrest.

At her arrival at the seat of the anticorruption authority, Udrea said she had been prepared since long to make statements to the prosecutor. Asked by the press about her promise to expose certain facts, she replied: ”I never promised disclosures, I said that I’ll state what I have to say. (…) Now that I report to the prosecutors, let me tell them first what I have to say.”

As for her being taken under custody and possibly be handcuffed, Udrea said that the use of handcuffs is illegal unless a suspect becomes aggressive against the prosecutors or the police officers.

Udrea’s request to challenge case prosecutor, rejected

Udrea has challenged case prosecutor Mihaela Moraru, requesting her replacement. The prosecutor in this case also investigates the “Microsoft” licensing case. According to judicial sources, Udrea’s request was rejected.

Basescu about the ballot in Udrea’s case: Perhaps they thought it was too much, because she is a woman

Ex-President Traian Basescu declared on Wednesday evening for B1 TV that the decision made by the Chamber of Deputies to approve Elena Udrea’s retaining, but not her arrest, is justified by the fact that “most members of the Parliament thought it was too much and that Deputies also took into account that she was a woman.

“I think that there were members of the Parliament who left with their ballots. No way it was any confusion. I think it was something else. Probably, most of them thought it was to much. If it were for the second time, perhaps they would execute her without an ounce of hesitation. And I think they also considered the other fact, that she is a woman. To be facing your third trial, it is a little bit too much”, the ex-President declared for B1TV.

Basescu also pointed out that, in his quality as a President, he never received any signal that Elena Udrea “joined the wrong company or that she did illegal things.”

“I perfectly remember this information, that was a radiography of the bribe system in Ms. Udrea’s Ministry. (…) I remember beyond any discussions that it was this Mr. Gardean and many other companies with issues and a few civil servants in the Ministry. I know that I grabbed my phone and I called her, and I know she fired them”, Basescu declared.

Basescu also said he had no notice about his brother Mircea Basescu either, “who might have taken from Bercea family as much money as Ms. Kovesi did, which is zero”.

Initially, sources of the ballot counting committee announced that the request concerning the approval of Elena Udrea’s arrest was overruled by the Chamber of Deputies, as 142 votes were registered against the request and 119 for. Afterwards, the same sources mentioned that it was decided that the votes would be counted again, as there were cases of some members of the Parliament introducing more ballots in the same box.

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