Former Development Minister Elena Udrea is investigated under judiciary control on bail, the sum for bail being set at 5 million lei (approximately 1.1 million euro), the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) informs.
According to sources in the judiciary, the measure was taken after the Parliament did not approve the measure of preventive arrest, with judiciary control being the next highest measure given the gravity of the crimes for which she stands accused.
The former minister appeared twice today in front of prosecutors to be informed on the new accusations against her, accusations that also underpinned the new request formulated by the DNA to Parliament to approve her investigation, remand and preventive arrest. The requests formulated by the DNA were not approved in full, the Parliament approving on Wednesday, October 28, only her investigation and remand, denying the request for preventive arrest.
The DNA mentions in a release posted on Friday evening on the DNA website that Elena Udrea was informed of the measure brought against her, mentioning that in case she fails to post bail, the measure will be replaced with a harsher measure – such as home arrest or preventive arrest. The measure can be contested, yet a decision of Romania’s top court – the High Court of Cassation and Justice – shows that the law does not allow the contesting of the bail amount, the decision to set the bail at a certain level being the sovereign attribute of the competent judiciary authority.
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.
“I have received new case citation; I consider myself persecuted, will notify all embassies”
Former Development Minister Elena Udrea has declared, on Friday evening, upon exiting the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) HQ, that she was handed a citation for a new case and is considering herself a persecuted person, announcing that she will notify all the embassies in Romania and all international institutions concerned with human rights.
“So you can see I’m not paranoid. Surprise! While the procedural acts for this case were not done, I was handed a citation for another case. I believe the DNA should have a department for the criminal investigation of Elena Udrea and I have told this to the prosecutor. It is obvious I am a target for the DNA and from this moment on I consider myself a persecuted person and I will notify all the embassies in Romania and all the international institutions concerned with human rights”, stated Udrea, according to Agerpres.